Raul the Mandelan: Numbers speak for themselves
Raul Castro's "reforms": a record of repression
There he was, at Mandela's memorial service, eulogizing the great Liberator, hobnobbing with other heads of state, shaking hands with the President of the United States, looking meek and mild and respectable in his expensive suit.
Many in the world are easily fooled. But the number of Cubans squashed like bugs reflect the real story of Raul's rulership.
Here are the latest figures. See below. And these statistics, which reflect only documented cases, do not include the following:
Escapee drownings at sea
Escapee imprisonment upon return to Cuba by US and other nations
Short-term arrests and incarcerations
Violent acts of repudiation
Beatings and verbal harassment
If you want to see a comparison of statistics -- Batista 1952-1958 versus Castro 1959-2013 -- go HERE
From Cuba Archive
As 2013 comes to an end, Raúl Castro remains Cuba's supreme leader after six and a half years —considerably longer than the average president's term in most countries. Following is a relation of deaths and disappearances attributed to the Cuban state under Raúl Castro from 7/31/2006 to 12/15/2013. 42 additional cases (for a total of 208 documented cases) are reported for which the Cuban state is considered directly or indirectly responsible. Many more cases are feared, particularly in prison and in exit attempts by sea, of which reports are very hard to come by.
Documented Cases: 166*
Forced Disappearances: 2
Extrajudicial / Deliberate Killings: 15
Suspected Extrajudicial / Deliberate Killings: 10
By Hunger Strike in Prison: 4
Denial of Medical Care / Medical Condition in Prison: 86
Suicide or Alleged Suicide in Prison or Provoked: 46
Accidents / Negligence in Prison: 3