The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), an independent Cuban human rights organization, has released their monthly report on political arrests on the island and the numbers are not good. In the month of October there were at least 520 political arrests documented by the group. That brings the annual total of political arrests in Cuba during 2016 to 9,125, which surpasses the grand total for every year since 2010 when the group began documenting arrests in Cuba. With still two months remaining in the year, 2016 is shaping up to be one of the most violently repressive years in Cuba.
As expected, you will not see any headlines in the media about this dramatic increase in repression on the island and you definitely will not hear a peep about it from the White House. The rise in violence and oppression on the island after the multitude of unilateral concessions made to the apartheid regime by President Obama contradicts the narrative they want to put forth. The president’s seriously flawed and failed Cuba policy is yet another foreign policy failure they prefer to ignore.
Nonetheless, President Obama’s decision to embrace and support Cuba’s murderously repressive and corrupt apartheid dictatorship has certainly made a difference on the island, and it is the Cuban people who are feeling it the most.