Cubans Shocked at Prices as Foreign Cars Go on Sale
The BBC’s Sarah Rainsford, in Havana, says the stream of people at one used-car store in Havana’s upmarket Miramar district were in for a shock.
She says the most commonly uttered phrases were “this is madness” and “what a lack of respect”, referring to the government.
One of those outside the dealership, Suzanne, told the BBC: “The prices are crazy. No Cuban who works for the state can buy at that price. They have zero chance of getting a car.”
Another, Antonio, said: “We’re speechless, it’s a big surprise. I don’t know what the government’s strategy is. Maybe this is just a test phase. But the prices are excessive.”