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Living in a democracy makes it easy to take for granted those little things in life that make things more enjoyable. Take gaming arcades and movie theaters, for example. It’s unimaginable to think that they would be against the law, but in Communist Cuba, that’s exactly what the citizens there have to face.

Since they’re not part of the 200 types of approved independently owned business types, those that started popping up have been closed immediately. They were often additions or loopholes to approved businesses such as restaurants, but the government isn’t going to be fooled.

They consider the types of activities that people can perform at arcades and cinemas as counter-productive and against the betterment of the state. This is part of the Communist way of life. If it isn’t helping, it’s hurting.

Of course, those of us in Democracies know that there’s something great about being able to spend our hard earned money on the frivolous forms of entertainment that are available to us. We like to go to a movie after a long work week or hang out at an arcade (at least we used to in days gone by) with our friends, sharing a laugh, a root beer float, and a game of Dig Dug.

The crackdown was immediate. Nobody was warned. Those who invested into the new ventures are being left out in the cold.

Here’s what Kotaku had to report:

Cuba has formally cracked down on its nascent arcade businesses, specifically forbidding their operation after they had opened and operated in a gray area uncovered by the law there for the past three years.

Read More: Kotaku

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Living in a democracy makes it easy to take for granted those little things in life that make things more enjoyable. Take gaming arcades and movie theaters, for example. It's unimaginable to think that they would be against the law, but in Communist Cuba, that's exactly what the citizens...