Cubans in the street and Raul fears a “Ceausescu moment”


We  read via Babalu that Cuban secret police detained Danilo Maldonado, i.e. El Sexto.   His mother told the Diario de Cuba that her son had taken to the streets late Friday to celebrate the death of dictator Fidel Castro.

My guess is that he is not alone. There are probably other young people in the street celebrating Fidel Castro’s death.

The quiet street is primarily due to the nine-day state of mourning announced by the dictatorship.   I just heard a radio report that Cubans are not sure how to react.

At the same time, I don’t think that Raul Castro wants people in the streets.   I’m sure that dictators have good memories.   Every dictator in the world remembers how people in the street and food shortages ended up overthrowing Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania.

Cuba is now entering a very dangerous and interesting period.

Raul Castro could go rogue and look for an exit in exchange for lifting the embargo.   He could also get harsh and clamp down out of fear.

Time will tell but dangerous months are coming.

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