Antonio Gomez could be the saviour of Cuban President Raul Castro.

On a dusty street corner in the working class Centro Havana district, Mr Gomez, 32, has put up a big sign above his living room: "Cuenta Propista" - self employed - and has opened a small kiosk selling sandwiches and pizzas.

But he could also be part of the Castro regime's downfall.

"Business is good," he told The Sunday Telegraph as he attended a steady stream of clients. "But I would like to open up a bigger kiosk, maybe a proper restaurant, and then maybe another shop. I hope that soon we can do this."

Mr Gomez - not his real name - is one of a growing army of Cubans who hunger for genuine economic liberty. It is something that Mr Castro, realising that the economy is in dire straits, apparently supports...



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