New Bathrooms, Old Fashioned Marches
14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, 1 May 2017 — Portable toilets are a part of
all the demonstrations that have proliferated in Cuba for the last half
century. Away from the lights and headlines, these essential and
improvised restrooms alleviate the plight of thousands of people
attending the ‘Marches of the Fighting People’, the Anti-Imperialist
Tribunes, and the calls to support, protest or celebrate any government
campaign and, of course, are a necessity during carnivals.
This year, on May 1, new models appeared, apparently imported and made
of plastic, which replaced the rustics made with wood and cardboard. The
previous facilities lacked roofs and the weakness of their construction
did not allow them to be used for more than one event.
The new toilets are better made although the custom remains of placing
them directly over the sewer drain to evacuate the waste. But they favor
hygiene and privacy.
The ones in this the photo were installed in the afternoon of April 30
in the avenue Rancho Boyeros, an artery that converges in the Plaza of
the Revolution. The neighbors received them with awe and some even took
selfies standing in front of their novel appearance. The most daring
tried the services before the pressures of the crowd filled them with
that “aroma” that characterizes popular demonstrations.
Source: New Bathrooms, Old Fashioned Marches – Translating Cuba –