Amidst the growing fear experienced by Cuban motorists at night, a growing concern is emerging about the safety of the streets. The crime that has claimed the lives of some drivers has caused others to consider the possibility of driving after 7:00 p.m. or in remote areas.
According to the stories collected by the independent portal CubaNet, the drivers express their sadness due to the recent violent attacks that have occurred, with the attackers not hesitating to use extreme violence to steal motorcycles.
“We are afraid to go out at night. We couldn’t go because we were afraid that they would take our motorcycle to the traffic light. The issue is not that they took it from us. The problem is that they took your motorcycle and stabbed you; they hit you with a machete; and they are not one; they are a group,” declared one of the drivers who spoke.
The easy sale of motorcycles on the black market, due to the lack of registration, worsens the situation. Other drivers point out the difference in cars, which usually have documents. The lack of papers and license plates on electric motorcycles facilitates their dismantling and clandestine sale.
“Almost all cars have paper; the electric motor has almost no paper and almost no license plate; it can be easily disassembled and sold. The die-cut of the motorcycle where the registration is can be easily removed, and you can put another die,” described another driver.
In the face of this growing problem, motorcyclists are urging police authorities to take measures to guarantee road safety and pursue criminals. However, there are some who expressed a lack of confidence in the efficiency of the police and noted that the drug problem also needs to be addressed.
“The force of order is seen when it affects a particular institution; if it does not affect it, nothing will happen, and that is what we are suffering now. The only way they see the action is if it affects a state institution,” emphasized one of the drivers.
In a call for unity, Cuban motorcyclists urge unity in the face of an unstoppable increase in attacks. Although some suggest forming groups to deal with crime on their own, others do not trust the effectiveness of the police and advocate collective action.
In recent events, the tragic killing of a 51-year-old man in Havana, Walter Mulgado, father and grandfather, was reported at the hands of criminals who wanted to steal his motorcycle. Other incidents, such as the attack on a woman in San José de las Lajas, make it clear that the insecurity is affecting different parts of the country, generating growing concern in the motorcycling community.