Castro apologists bring up Batista’s govenrment, and its abuse of the poor and working class, as a point when defending La Revolucion. Because, you know, Fidel would never mistreat the poor working class in the Worker’s Paradise.

Apparently, though, history repeats itself:

HAVANA, July 7 (Mois?s Leonardo Rodr?guez, Grupo Decoro / – Amid a massive display of force, authorities evicted a number of people in several families June 30, apparently in order to clear a slum known as Bachiplan on the road between Casablanca and the Bah?a neighborhood in Regla municipality.

Sixty police officers in four cars and a troop transport, eight officers from the Department of State Security in motorcycles and three ambulances showed up early and by 9 a.m. they had arrested three persons who opposed the eviction; two women and a man, Juan Berm?dez, a government opponent who had assumed the leadership of the residents.

Berm?dez’ wife, Nery Castillo, ran into some woods after her husband was arrested and police say they haven’t been able to find her. Castillo is eight months pregnant and had just checked out of a hospital the day before upon receiving news of the eviction.

Most of those evicted said they were going to seek refuge in a church to which they belong, where they intend to stay until authorities heed their pleas.

After the eviction, authorities demolished the existing structures in Bachiplan.

Maybe Fidel and Co. needed the land for a new tourist attraction.

2 thoughts on “Batis<i>who</i>?”

  1. It’s a shame. Slums, favelas, and shanty towns can be a breading ground for some of the organically democratic institutions. They are democratic in nature, even.

  2. Even if we assume that it’s true that Fulgencio B. was kicking everyone’s ass in Cuba pre-Castro, that in no way constitutes a justification for Castro to kick everyone’s ass again. The illogic reeks like a hog farm.

    And for those who want to argue that things are better under Castro than Batista: Count the refugees.

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