Cuba’s communist dictatorship deploys an army of apparatchiks to Summit of the Americas to defend tyranny and silence dissent

Lima, Peru is not Cuba and the Castro dictatorship cannot silence dissent or arrest those who dare oppose them there at the Summit of the Americas. But they sure as hell are going to try.

Via Diario de Cuba:

Havana’s envoys to the Summit of the Americas, poised to whitewash the regime’s image

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Those that the Government in Havana is sending as “representatives of Cuban civil society” to the parallel forums at the VIII Summit of the Americas flew to Lima this Sunday – something activists and representatives of independent organizations invited to these events were not able to do.

According to the state-run Cuban News Agency (ACN), among those who will attend are “social actors, young people, intellectuals, deputies, farmers, self-employed workers, entrepreneurs and academics”, all belonging to the Union of Young Communists and “mass organizations” controlled by the regime.

The Government’s envoys will attend the discussion forums that will take place under the auspices of the meeting of the Heads of State and Government, scheduled in Lima on 13 and 14 April.

The president of Cuba’s Christian Student Movement, Dianet Martínez, told the ACN that she is attending the Civil Society Forum in order to “share the realities of the country and its achievements”.

“Given the current scenario in Latin America, where the forces of the Right are on the rise, more than ever we have a duty to carry the light of Cuba to the continent,” said Martinez.

According to the source, the young woman stated that “they will also have the obligation to serve as a voice for Venezuela, excluded from the Summit of the Americas.”

Peru, on 13 February, announced that Nicolás Maduro would not be invited to the Latin American event. The decision was a response to the “sudden” call for early presidential elections in Venezuela on April 22, condemned by the Venezuelan opposition and several countries in the region, including those that make up the Lima Group.

State-backed historian Elier Ramírez agreed that “one of the priorities will be solidarity with the Venezuelan cause, just as the island received support in past Summits, when it was marginalized.”

He also said that it will convey to the courts of international opinion the regime’s fundamental demand for a lifting of the US embargo.

He spoke of a “willingness to engage, from a position of civilized respect, in all kinds of dialogue.” However, this dialogue does not include independent civil society groups that oppose the regime, which he called “mercenary elements and organizations financed from abroad.”

The strategy to silence dissent

Havana has called upon figures such as the athlete Yarisley Silva, the musicians Elito Revé and Eduardo Sosa, the president of the Hermanos Saíz Association in Sancti Spíritus, Alexander Hernández; Orlando Gutiérrez, president of the Supreme Council of the Abakuá Association and a member of the Yoruba Society of Cuba, among other figures.

This week, the Latin American Youth Network for Democracy (JuventudLac) warned,  in a letter addressed to Foreign Minister Néstor Francisco Popolizio and other high-ranking Peruvian officials, of the “serious danger” posed by “the meddling of agents of the Cuban dictatorship” at the VIII Summit of the Americas.

The president of the Network, Rosa María Payá, and its coordinator, Jatzel Roman González, urged the Peruvian authorities not to “tolerate” – as happened at the previous Summit in Panama, in 2015 – the “neighborhood bully attitude of the Castro delegation.”

To stymy anti-Castro dissent at the Lima event, and explicitly revealing the reach of State Security, the regime is maneuvering to keep anti-regime journalists, activists and opponents in Cuba.

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4 thoughts on “Cuba’s communist dictatorship deploys an army of apparatchiks to Summit of the Americas to defend tyranny and silence dissent”

  1. Wow…. where did they find so many light-skinned Cubans? Blanquitos como la nieve. What a coincidence! The oligarchy is 95% white, and so are these “representatives” of Castrogonia’s “civil society.” All this in a country that is about 75% black or mulatto.

  2. Ever hear of “perception is reality”? IMHO, it’s likely a PR move to impress potential white liberal visitors from abroad, although there is one black lady in the picture. Why, Cuba’s ca$h cow is tourism – Canadians, Dutch/EU types, dumb Americans. It’s apartheid all right, but hey, whatever it take$ ….. Rich black people trekking to Cuba, like the Obamas and Mr./Mrs. Beyonce, do it for show: those people are forever trying to look white. And in Barry’s case, he never hung out with blacks from the ‘hood, but always vacationed in lily white enclaves.

  3. Carlos, please. Apart from the tokens absolutely required by the script, Massah is not about to let his Negroes get too forward, lest they forget their true place in the “revolutionary” scheme of things. It’s fine to use them as cannon fodder and such, of course, like they were in Massah’s excellent African adventures, but it won’t do to give them ideas. They have to be reminded, one way or another, that they owe everything to agents far above and superior to them, namely Massah and the “revolution,” and their role is to be grateful and servile to those who brought them down off the trees.

  4. And by the way, Castro, Inc.’s cash cow is not tourism but “diaspora” Cubans, who pump billion$ into the island in exchange for nothing, meaning they represent virtually pure profit for the regime.

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