How informants help the communist Castro dictatorship remain in power in socialist Cuba

If you have ever wondered how Cuba’s Castro dictatorship has been able to remain in power for over six decades, here is one of the reasons.

Mamela Fiallo Flor in PanAm Post:

How Informers Prolong Agony Under The Cuban Dictatorship

7.6 million of the 12 million Cubans are members of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution. The regime rewards them or exposing its opponents.

The longest dictatorship on the American continent is still in control after 60 years, thanks mainly to its job of infiltration in civil society that “purges” the streets of dissidents.

Its latest target was a 77-year-old woman who sells peanuts in the streets out of necessity, thus dismantling the propaganda of a welfare state that supposedly guarantees the care of all its inhabitants.

The visibly malnourished state of the lady, as well as her testimony, makes it clear that Cuba is not the utopia that its defenders claim.

The informers serving the regime, or “chivatones” as the opposition refers to them, reported this “counter-revolutionary” to the police because she exposes to the tourists the fact that the Cubans are suffering without necessities.

Two women, who claimed to work in the education sector, rebuked the older woman for not asking the government for help and instead receiving clothes and money from tourists. They screamed at her, saying that 5% of their salary went to the service of older people like her and questioned her for speaking ill about the government.

The allocation of funds that the regime steals from state employees is not public information because publishing official statistics is a mandate of the dictatorship.

The old lady had hand-wrapped peanut packages. She testified before cameras that she had been selling them for 30 years. She maintains that she does not harm anyone. Apparently, she is damaging the image of the regime, and her action was reason enough to be reported to the police.

According to the logic of state employees, it was reprehensible for a woman to work autonomously, rather than being dependent on the state and therefore on the taxpayer. Meanwhile, they think it is respectable to live at the expense of others, as they do working for the regime.

Latin American tourists residing in California, U.S. filmed the video. The outrage was massive. The informers accused them of being “counter-revolutionaries.” It didn’t take long for reactions to start pouring on the internet. Some internet-users claimed that the women screaming at the elderly lady were, in fact, government agents disguised as a civilians to portray the false image to the world that everything is well in Cuba.

The constitution allows for an attack, even armed assault, against opponents of the regime

Faced with the digital age and the ease of transmitting news via the telephone, the communist dictatorship faces a new challenge. It cannot control the transmission of news as it used to. So they filter videos like this and multiply the number of people who can observe how the regime treats citizens.

“Citizens have the right to fight by all means, including armed struggle, when no other recourse is possible, against anyone who attempts to overthrow the political, social, and economic order established by this constitution,” dictates the new Cuban constitution. Moreover, it refers to the “irrevocable” character of socialism with this order.

Thus, there exists a disciplinary system within civil society whereby civilians can take it upon themselves to “correct” others, and in case they are unable to persuade, they can appeal to the security forces.

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2 thoughts on “How informants help the communist Castro dictatorship remain in power in socialist Cuba”

  1. Despite the plague, I mean plethora, of detestable Castronoids in Cuba, the CDR scum are especially contemptible. And yes, in every block of every town and city in the country, such creatures came forth to spy, snitch and harass their neighbors, and they’ve been at it some 60 years now. Talk about pieces of shit.

  2. To be fair, though they were all dubious, all CDR types were not equally bad–but plenty were awful. Most if not all exiles have horror stories about them. Alas, such dreadful people are far more common in all societies than it appears–until circumstances are such that they can come out of the closet and give free rein to their “natural” proclivities. That’s what happened in Cuba, and it was definitely not pretty.

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