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The struggle for power within the Cuban guerrilla began in the early days of so-called revolution. The Spanish journalist Enrique Meneses story, published by ‘El País’, reveals some previously unknown details, says Jose Nacher from CiberCuba.
Meneses, the author of the book ‘Fidel Castro, homeland and death’ witnessed first hand an unprecedented situation when he lived in 1958 in the Sierra Maestra. Fidel Castro, then-young revolutionary in the middle of the night threatened his brother: “As soon as I get the gun, I do not give a fuck about being my brother!
The reason for Fidel Castro’s anger was Raúl Castro exchange of letters with Ernesto Che Guevara about Marxist theories of government. The problem appeared, according to the Spanish writer, when Batista’s government intercepted that correspondence and leaked the insurgents’.
The violent argument of Castros ended with a statement of Fidel: “I hate both Yankee and Soviet imperialism! I am not fighting one dictatorship to fall into another!”.
The dangerous situation for Raúl was resolved by the intervention of fellow guerrillas, who had to mediate with Fidel. “Celia Sánchez (a guerrilla fighter close to Fidel) tried to calm him by telling that it was not possible for one brother to shoot another because of the amount of guilt it would produce,” Meneses said in his work.
Curiously, Nacher observes, this biography has not been published until the death of the former communist leader, as its author, who died at the age of 83 in 2013, gave clear orders not to reveal it until the demise of the old tyrant.
In his book Meneses describes the transformation of Fidel Castro personality after overthrowing Batista and acquiring power. “His egocentrism, his sense of being Messiah, his eagerness for publicity made him a despot, who refuses any kind of dialogue, any kind of criticism, even constructive one,” he wrote.