Aaah, the wonders of the Normalization Circus!
What a resounding success for King Raul and his minions.
They get to abuse dissidents and no one cares.
Tourists pour in — maybe as many as 4 million of them this year — and the U.S. and the E.U. lift all sanctions.
Oh, but fear of the Trumpinator is rising with each passing day.
No one knows what he will do, but since he’s talking tough at the moment, the Castronoids are very nervous.
Meanwhile, the number of dissidents arrested continues to climb.
Cuba on Track for 10,000 Politically-Motivated Arrests by End of Year
President Barack Obama’s “normalization” policy towards dictator Raúl Castro and the death of the latter’s elder brother Fidel have put Cuba on the road to tallying over 10,000 politically-motivated arrests in 2016, according to an NGO tracking human rights violations on the island.
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has released its monthly report for November, documenting 359 politically-motivated or arbitrary detentions of political dissidents on the island. The group, which releases a detailed chart of every individual arrested for political reasons in Cuba every month, has documented 9,484 arrests in 2016, suggesting that the number could total over 10,000 by the end of the year.
In contrast, CCDHRN documented 8,616 politically-motivated arrests in all of 2015 and slightly more (8,899) in 2014 — the year President Obama announced that he would seek to establish formal diplomatic relations with the Castro dictatorship.
The group’s report adds that in addition to official detentions, Cuban activists on the island alerted them to “10 cases of physical assault, 50 acts of harassment, and one “acto de repudio” — a government-sponsored mob attack against anti-communist dissidents.
The number of arrests in November amounts to nearly half as many as in October (620), largely due to the decision by Ladies in White head Berta Soler to cancel their traditional silent protest in Havana on the last Sunday of the month, arguing that the death of Fidel Castro could embolden the government to take more violent actions against members of her group should they not adhere to the mandatory mourning period for the late despot.
The Ladies in White are a group of wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters of political prisoners, who attend Catholic Mass together in Havana on Sundays dressed in white, carrying the photos of their imprisoned loved ones. They are regularly beaten and arrested for their actions. Soler personally appears in November’s arrest tally three times.
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