Castro regime’s timeworn tricks fail to impress young Cubans


Sunday’s big New Year’s parade in Havana was nothing more than another lame attempt to impress Cuba’s youth, says Mario Penton.

Lots of soldiers, lots of marching, lots of speeches, lots of Cubans forced to attend the show.

The parade got extensive news coverage, but the real news, according to Penton, is the steady exodus of young Cubans who see nothing but a bleak future for themselves in their native land.

So, take a look at the photo above.  Notice the age gap, notice the offensively phony mixing of generations.  A young rabid Castronoid — Queen of Apartheid Jennifer Bello, head of the University Students Federation– gave a “fiery” speech in praise of the so-called Revolution.

One must assume she was on display as a hollow token of blind obedience to the Castro dynasty’s repressive laws. Why else would she be allowed to mingle with King Raul and his octogenarian henchmen?

Notice, too, that the only other young person in the photo is King Raul’s bodyguard/grandson, a member of the royal family.

Then take a look at the photo below.  The irony of the spectacle obviously escaped its creators.

Cuban children, dressed in Pioneer uniforms, march along with a replica of the yacht that brought Fidel, Raul, and Che to Cuba in 1956.

A boat.  For heaven’s sakes, a boat.  Imagine what most Cubans would love to do with that vessel.

Boats of all sorts, along with rafts, are the real symbol of the so-called Revolution.  Every Cuban would love to get on anything that floats and to sail away from their island prison.

Meditate on that image. Imagine those children flocking to the boat in order to escape.

Unfortunately, no amount of imagining can cancel out the awful reality: all those children are all being forced to venerate it as some holy relic.

The men who would destroy and enslave Cuba came to it in a boat just like that one.   It was a vessel of death and destruction.  Yet, those children are being trained to idolize it.

But, ha…. Ironically, boats and rafts are the only hope for the future any young Cuban can have.

Cubans forced to worship a replica of the Granma
Cubans forced to worship a replica of the Granma

From Translating Cuba:

Sounds of War to Drown Out the Economic Crisis in Cuba
by Mario Penton

With a military march and a “parade of the fighting people” the new year dawns in Cuba. This time there were no tanks in the Plaza of the Revolution, but thousands of Cubans were taken there from their workplaces in order to demonstrate unity with the Communist Party and the figure of Raul Castro in the absence of his brother Fidel, who died on 25 November of last year.

The event was dedicated to the young, “those who are carrying on the work of the Revolution,” to the deceased leader and to the disembarkation from the yacht Granma, which in 1956 brought a handful of revolutionaries from Mexico to Cuba who overthrew the government of Fulgencia Batista. All this in a year that is called ‘complicated’ after a fall of 0.9% in the GDP, which reflects the failures of the Raulist reforms and resurrects the old ghosts of the Special Period.

“It is ironic that they dedicate this demonstration to young people, because they are the first ones who are escaping to wherever they can because that don’t see hope or any possibility of progress in Cuba,” says Manuel Perez, a young Cuban psychologist who emigrated to Argentina looking for better work opportunities.

Carlos Amel Oliva, youth leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), shares this view.

For Oliva, the Cuban government is in the midst of “a campaign whose strategy is well thought out” to revive nationalism among young people, following the ideological vacuum left by the reestablishment of relations with the United States.

“Young people are indifferent to these old demonstrations. The only thing that interests many young Cubans is to escape to any country to find what they cannot find in theirs,” he says.

In the last three years more than 100,000 Cubans have arrived in the United States by various means to avail themselves of the Cuban Adjustment Act and obtain residence in that country. A large proportion of these migrants are young or of working age, which increases the problem of the aging of the population on the island. In 2025 Cuba will be the oldest country on the continent in demographic terms.

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Cubans goose-stepping their way into a grim future
Cubans goose-stepping their way into a grim future


2 thoughts on “Castro regime’s timeworn tricks fail to impress young Cubans”

  1. Bello looks and sounds so incredibly lame that one almost feels sorry for her. Alas, she was born too late; she would have made excellent CDR material back in the day.

  2. I see the goon-grandson is now wearing a military costume also–but of course. And get a load of the “general” at right, the very picture of superannuated constipation. Basically, it’s a bad Woody Allen farce. Sheesh.

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