Cuba’s Brown Shirts

When I’m asked what my thoughts are on how things will be when Cuba finally rids itself of the castro regime and begins a transition to some kind of democracy, I always answer “It’s gonna be bloody.”

Sometimes people are surprised by my response and I counter that with two examples:

Let’s say I am a Cuban father with a family – wife, kids, the inevitable in-law or mother – living in my home. My life is a constant struggle to not only survive, but to keep my family alive and fed. In order to do this, as every single Cuban in Cuba does, I depend on the black market and my ability to resolver. I find a way to get some dollars, buy this or that, then trade this or that for this or that then find someone else that needs this or that and trade that for, say, a whole chicken which I will use to feed my kids, my wife, the in-law, my mother and anyone else that happens to live in my home.

Now, when I cook that chicken that I probably spent quite some time trying to acquire I have to be careful. Not so I dont burn it or some such thing, but let’s say that I am unfortunate enough to have the local CDR (Committee for the Defense of the Revolution) representative as my next door neighbor. If that guy so much as smells my chicken cooking, he will undoubtedly report me to his superiors and I may find myself in a whole heck of a lot of trouble simply for cooking a chicken that Im not supposed to have for my family.

So let’s say that the day comes when the present Cuban government is no longer in power and all of the CDR’s have been disbanded, they no longer control the neighborhoods. Who do you think is the first guy Im going to come after for making my life miserable for who knows how many years? That’s right. My neighbor. Mr. CDR man. I will come after him with a vengeance because this is the motherfucker that turned me in when I got that chicken. He’s the motherfucker that reported me when I didnt go to some political rally. He’s the son of a bitch that was always keeping tabs on me, my wife, my kids…my whole family. He’s the bastard that has controlled my life and made it a living hell. You can bet your ass that I will get some payback the very first chance I get.

The same thing goes for the regime’s Rapid Response Brigades. Cuba’s Brown Shirts. The men and women that the regime busses in to intimidate, harrass, beat and physically assault those Cubans who dont see eye to eye with the government and who have the courage to peacefully protest the many injustices they’re faced with.

This past Sunday these Rapid Response Brigades attacked Cuban dissidents, including Dr. Darsi Ferrer and his wife, as they demonstrated peacefully on Human Rights Day. You can see photographs of these RRB’s in action at The Real Cuba.

Members of the CDR’s and Rapid Response Brigades basically sell their souls for a few extra perqs – a little more food, a little of this, a little of that – and exist only to stifle dissent.

If and when the day comes that Cuba manages to rid itself of its totalitarian system of government, those CDR’s and RRB’s better find someplace to go, cause things will most assuredly get pretty ugly for them.

14 thoughts on “Cuba’s Brown Shirts”

  1. I’m with you Val, those traitors make me sick. After reading about yesterday’s attacks I went to the Yahoo Chat for Cuba in Spain and confronted a couple of those fidel defender pricks online. They are starting to get nervous that their day Ya Viene Llegando! Long suffering Cubans will definitely give a real good beating to many of these cowards that use mobs to hurt unarmed dissidents.

  2. No, Val. I disagree. Let them stay in Cuba, so they will be lynched in public like Mussolini.

    I will enjoy seeing that. If they flee, I will not have the pleasure to see them lynched.

    Sorry for the tirade, es que hoy me siento muy indignada viendo esas injusticias y el mundo que no hace nada.

  3. Ditto all the above, not for vengeance, but justice. Without justice, there can be no healing and Cubans have already suffered too much for too long.

  4. Their lives will be hell in a free Cuba — all the CDR’s, chivatos, stinking rats. A couple of things are encouraging, though. First, protests, regardless of their outcome, are a good thing. It means people are losing their fear. Second, there is more coverage in the MSM. Here in liberal Austin, TX, the repudio made the local 10pm newscast. A friend in San Antonio saw it on their newscast, too.

    I hope once the the tyrant’s death is official that the people will lose even more fear and become even more bold. Maybe his death will shake them loose. Ojala que Dios quiera.

  5. A picture is worth a thousand words.

    These pictures will be great evidence for Pay back time! One day soon justice will prevail.

  6. I went to the real Cuba to check out the photos’. About 88% of the people in that “fascist mob” look like they have one foot in the grave. I mean check out the grandma and the old man in 6th picture. If I sneezed on these people they would break in two.

    Does anyone have a video clip of the incident though or some other pictures. Maybe the camara man only got a couple of bad photos.

  7. This reminds me of the time a close friend, veteran of Brigade 2506, who published a small newspaper in West Palm Beach, stated his opinion that if the regime collapsed, “we could potentially see 1,000,000 deaths in Cuba. There are about 1,000,000 city blocks on the island; figure at least 1 CDR member or stooge per block and enraged Cubans deciding to settle scores…”

    Ain’t a pretty picture, but maybe the thought might sober up some of the tropical brownshirts and get them to stop participating in these acts, before it is too late for them.

  8. Rather than revenge and bloodshed, or looking to what happened in eastern Europe, how about looking to South Africa and what happened there after the end of apartheid – the truth and reconiliation process? If a new Cuba is built on bloodshed and lynchings, it will have no legitimacy and will last only a few years before there’s another revolution.

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