Obama’s normalization with Cuba’s apartheid dictatorship has made repression worse on the island

Obama’s normalization of relations with Cuba’s apartheid dictatorship was applauded all over the world. Everyone was apparently so thrilled with Obama’s embrace of the Castro regime that they completely missed the irony that America’s first black president had become the first American president to embrace and support Cuba’s racist apartheid regime.

But as the world celebrated Obama’s normalization circus, it was the Cuban people who were paying the price. The stated goal of normalizing relations was to make life better for Cubans and in some respects, that goal was achieved for Cubans whose last name is Castro. However, for the 11-million+ enslaved Cubans who are not named Castro or part of the regime, all they got from the normalization circus was more terror, more violence, and more repression.

Karina Martin in PanAm Post:

Cuba’s Ladies in White Claim Normalization Made Repression Worse

The Cuban opposition group Ladies in White has spoken out again about increased repression against political dissidents on the island.

In Miami, Florida this week, the group spoke about the current political situation, which they claim is worsening.

“We ask the international community to tell the Castro regime to stop repression in Cuba,” the Lady in White member Maria Elena Alpízar said.

According to the organization, the issue has intensified following cooling relations with the United States in December 2014, and President Barack Obama’s approach to opening up the island.

“We gave a report (to the Organization of American States) with all the human rights violations that have been committed against us over the past 95 Sundays,” she said, claiming there has been some form of repression every weekend.

Meanwhile, Leticia Ramos Herreria, another member of the group, asked that the international community step up its oversight of the island.

“Look at Cuba. What is happening on the island is hard to handle,” Ramos said. “We have Ladies in White in prison, transferred to prisons in other provinces, our children are being imprisoned to weaken the movement. Unfortunately, what is happening in Cuba, is very hard.”

The group believes the Cuban government is out to “destroy” the organization.

“By arresting Ladies in White, high ranking officials in the regime have let us know that we already cease to exist,” Ramos said, “that we can’t continue on Cuban streets, that we must come to an end.”

Despite repression by the Cuban regime, the group said it will continue to be active on the streets and not relinquich its demand for the freeing of political prisoners.

“Let it be very clear to the regime that we are willing to go to jail if necessary,” Ramos said, “because we are not going to give up our fight … We will continue, no matter what.”

Sources: Cubanet; El Nuevo Herald.