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My Weekly Denunciation of Castro’s Dictatorship
[C]uba lives under a cruel dictatorship: a dictatorship of wicked records. Castro’s dynasty has been exercising absolute power over Cuba for more than 57 years. There is a danger that it will remain unchanged even after Raul Castro’s will be on retirement in 2018. The Castro family run the oldest government in the hemisphere and the second oldest in the world. The only exception is another Communist dynasty in North Korea. Being aware of this detail alone should be enough for you to suspect that the situation in Cuba is difficult. Would you agree that the government in your land would rule unchanged for so long? Do you think these officials did not fall into the temptation of enriching themselves at the expense of the people during 57 years? Do you believe that these individuals would not take steps to solidify their power?
One of the mechanisms employed by the dictatorship to entrench that power is restricting free speech. In Cuba, all media are controlled by the single party. The distribution of foreign press is not allowed, and independent media are censored. Cuban homes have not access to Internet. There are a few Wi-Fi zones with monitored traffic, and email service is often suspended.
Another dark Cuban record arises from Castro’s interventionist policy. Cuba is the American country that has taken part in a war outside the hemisphere for the longest time: in the war of Angola. In addition to that,since their rise to power in 1959 the Castro brothers have organised military interventions in places as diverse as Algeria, Bolivia, Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Panama, Syria, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Zaire.
One of the mechanisms employed by the dictatorship to entrench that power is restricting free speech. In Cuba, all media are controlled by the single party. The distribution of foreign press is not allowed, and independent media are censored.
Moreover, the Cuban regime has developed entire school of political subversion, by encouraging, instructing and training insurgent movements in many countries, and by promoting anti-democratic governments throughout Latin America.
These expansion plans of the Castro dictatorship have taken the lives of many of our fellow citizens, and have impoverished the Cuban people due to the enormous resources devoted to “export the Revolution”. No wonder, the Cuban Army is the second American military force after only the US Armed Forces.
Nevertheless, the evilest record concerning Cuba may probably be found in the questionable survival of the Cuban nation. Cuba is now the country with the oldest population in Latin America, and will be amongst the top ten ageing countries worldwide by 2050. This phenomenon common to developed countries, which is far from being the case of Cuba, has its roots in the terrible hopelessness of Cubans. Cuban women do not want to have children. Young Cubans emigrate. And a rarity in today’s world: many elderly people migrate, too.
Since 1959, more than two million Cubans have fled their country, even at great risk to their lives, either in rustic rafts across the Florida Straits or hiding in the landing gear of aircraft. Many countries of the Caribbean and South America are now being affected by the unstoppable migration of Cubans to the United States. On the other hand, even the inhabitants of the poorest countries do not wish to immigrate to Cuba. Cuba, not the state, can already be regarded as a failed nation.
According to studies, if this severe demographic crisis persists, the Cuban nation will be extinct by the end of the century.
Today, Cuba is an unliveable country where fundamental human rights recognised worldwide are violated systematically. There is no freedom of association, assembly or demonstration; and as a result, independent trade unions, as well as any organisation not explicitly backed by the government, are prohibited.
In Cuba, any expression that departs from the official dogma is repressed openly. The social control even reaches households through the so-called “Committees for the Defence of the Revolution”, something that did not happen even in the former Soviet Union. Only people who have the approval of the Communist Party are allowed to stand for elections to the lower-level public offices existing in Cuba.
The cities are falling to pieces. Many people sleep on the street, even having a house, for fear of dying buried in a housing collapse. Food is scarce, as well as medicines and healthcare. In the much-vaunted “medical power”, Cubans do not receive adequate care because doctors are an exportable economic line nowadays.
Upholding human rights is not accepted as a legitimate activity, although the Cuban government is a signatory of international agreements in this field. The brave people who dare to challenge the regime are exposed to beatings and assaults by the police and parapolice groups, and what is worse, to be injected with toxic substances that can cause death, or suffer a “fortuitous” accident.
The country is full of overcrowded prisons. Even old schools are being turned into new jails. Serious abuses are committed in the prosecution of detainees, and trials are rigged with false charges. The political nature of the alleged crimes is never acknowledged, and no legal traces of the arrests are provided. The political prisoner Mario Chanes de Armas endured much longer in prison than Nelson Mandela, and Armando Sosa Fortuny is approaching the time spent in jail by the South African leader.
As in the racist South Africa of the past, the movement of persons within the country is restricted. Cubans living in provinces cannot settle in Havana, and even their visits to this city are limited. Cubans are discriminated in front of foreigners,since they are prohibited from setting up businesses in the same conditions as the latter. Cuban citizens residing abroad are completely banned from making business in Cuba.
Furthermore, Cubans living overseas are restricted or completely denied entry to their homeland, whilst those who live in the Isle need an exit permit to travel abroad.
The Castro regime must end. Freedom and prosperity of the peoples of America will always be in danger if such a criminal model, which seeks to spread like cancer in the region, will not be removed.
Admittedly, there is a right to education in Cuba; but the university is a privilege for pro-government individuals only, and all instruction is strongly ideologised. Neither private schools, nor in-home tuition, nor religious colleges are allowed.
People are discriminated for political and religious reasons in their work and their social sphere. People’s demands are neglected, ignoring even the very legality of the regime. This is the case of the Varela Project, which called for some political reforms under the Cuban Constitution. His promoter, Oswaldo Paya, died in strange circumstances, and his family was forced into exile.
[We] understand that you could have been dazzled at some point by the romantic but interested image created by the owners of Cuba replicating the brave little David facing the giant Goliath. That image has served to justify the excesses of the Castro dictatorship all over the world and its apathy towards the real needs of the Cuban people. However, in the current scenario of good will with the Cuban regime, by the governments of the USA and many other countries, its policy of confrontation remains unchanged, whilst it keeps on repressing the Cuban population and refusing to carry out its much heralded economic changes.
The Castro regime must end. Freedom and prosperity of the peoples of America will always be in danger if such a criminal model, which seeks to spread like cancer in the region, lives on. To see the dreadful consequences of the Castroist political design, we only need to turn our attention to our brother country of Venezuela, which is suffering a brutal tyranny under the direct orders of Havana. The inefficient economic state monopoly that exists in Cuba, where virtually nothing is produced, requires subsidies from an affluent foreign partner to survive. Today, that partner is Venezuela, as was formerly the USSR; and it could be any other country in the future, after the possible fall of Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
The Castroist cancer could end up metastasising in your native land and affecting your loved ones, if left unchecked.
Brother, sister: the Castroist cancer could end up metastasising in your native land and affecting your loved ones, if left unchecked. Consequently, we ask you to please help us raise awareness about the threat that Castroism represents for the whole continent. We appeal to your generosity to show your rejection to this opprobrious regime at any opportunity that comes your way, whether in print, radio, television or the Internet. The calls that have been directed at the Castro dictatorship in the past, looking for a change, have come to nothing. Therefore, we believe that our protest against the Castro regime must be frequent and sustained over time. We consider that initiatives that may contribute to its isolation within the civil society and governments in the region can flourish only through widespread rejection of the dictatorship.
Specifically, we ask you to please make public criticism of the Castro dictatorship at least once in a week, in order to keep the opposition to Castroism alive and make it grow within our peoples. The aim is to turn the NO TO CASTRO into a “trending topic” in the collective consciousness of America and the whole world.
One denunciation per week can make a difference for the Cuban people and possibly also for yours.
Please receive our warm and grateful hug,
Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU)
Jose Daniel Ferrer, Cuban dissident, a prisoner of conscience, human rights defender. Founder and General Coordinator of the UNPACU, the Cuban Patriotic Union, the largest opposition movement of Cubans in Cuba. In 2009 he was awarded with the Democracy Award of the US National Endowment for Democracy.
A member of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) founded by Oswaldo Payá. From 2003 to 2011 he was imprisoned by the Castro regime for his involvement in the dissident movement. His wife is a member of Damas de Blanco, Ladies in White, a group of wives of political prisoners protesting every Sunday for their release.
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