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Rolando Marquéz, 30, speaks about Cuba. AMARIS CASTILLO/Bodega Stories

Rolando Marquéz, 30, speaks about Cuba.
AMARIS CASTILLO/Bodega Stories

Rolando Marquéz remembers his life in Cuba. It was difficult, he said.

“The Cuban government is very intelligent — it separates people,” the 30-year-old said Friday afternoon as he sat inside Orlando Latin Market.

He quickly listed several acronyms of organized groups on the island, including the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (Comités de Defensa de la Revolución), or CDR. The CDR is a network of neighborhood committees across Cuba that is considered the “eyes and ears of the Revolution.”

Groups such as the CDR make it easier to dominate you, track what you’re doing, Marquéz said.

“You have to adapt to that system. Then comes the moment when you’re 13, 14 years old and begin to think for yourself,” he said. “The ideas don’t dominate you and you change.”

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