When Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died in 2016, the “experts” and the media predicted we would now see major change in Cuba. Well, there has been change in Cuba, but for the worse. Two years after the death of the evil bearded dictator, repression in Cuba has increased.
Two Years After Castro’s Death, Dissidents Say Repression ‘Even Worse’
Two Black Fridays ago – on November 25, 2016 – Cuban dictator Fidel Castro finally died. Two years later, the pro-democracy activists at the forefront of the fight for freedom lament that little in Cuba has changed for them, and what has changed has worsened.
In the immediate aftermath of current dictator Raúl Castro’s November 26 announcement of the death of his brother, the Cuban exile community celebrated with a global sigh of relief; geopolitical experts identified an opportunity for a new era in the island’s history.
“With Fidel’s death, the political and economic situation will probably open up,” Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue group, told PRI at the time, expressing the general sentiment among pro-corporation optimists. An analysis by the Aspen Institute warned the United States not to “bully” the repressive Castro regime in the immediate aftermath, proclaiming, “there is no counter-revolution in Cuba. It’s not as if the Castro family has been suppressing thousands of anti-socialist Cubans.”
Speaking to Breitbart News, leaders of the Cuban counter-revolution – which, contrary to the Aspen Institute analysis, does exist – lament that any opportunity to ease the repression of dissident voices in the country appears to have passed without incident. Both Fidel Castro’s death and the substitution of Raúl Castro as the Revolution’s international envoy with loyalist Miguel Díaz-Canel in April have done little for political freedom in the country, they agree.
“The situation in Cuba for dissidents remains very similar to that which we had during Fidel Castro’s life, and in some ways is even worse,” José Daniel Ferrer, the General Coordinator of one of Cuba’s largest dissident groups, the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU),” told Breitbart News. “The current dictator, Miguel Díaz-Canel … takes orders directly from Raúl Castro [and] leaves clear who truly wields power.”
“Following the death of Fidel, the repressive system remains intact,” Carlos Payá of Cuba’s Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) told Breitbart News. “Arrests continue, sometimes for a few days and sometimes prolonged [arrests] like that of Eduardo Cardet.”
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