The death of dictator Raul Castro’s right-hand man could spell the end of the Cuban dictatorship

One cannot overstate the dire impact Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja’s sudden death has on a Castro dictatorship facing ever increasing discontent among the Cuban people along with their diminishing fear.

An editorial from Diario de Cuba (my translation):

Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja: the great fall of Castroism

The general’s death eliminates the regime’s greatest wager and in a few days the first anniversary of the most widespread protests in Cuba will be commemorated.

Within the architecture of Castroism, the death of General Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja is a collapse much bigger than that of the Hotel Saratoga.

Neo-Castroism’s strong man, the architect of corporate and authoritarian capitalism who was in charge of building luxury hotels in Cuba while the people died from the lack of medicine and medical attention no longer has a future.

Given his preparation, given his journey through the organizational chart of power and his family ties to Raul Castro, Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja is irreplaceable. Castroism can no longer continue with the alibi of not repeating the Castro name, the opportunity to continue the dynasty without being accused of being one is now lost.

Of course, the GAESA conglomerate he led remains standing and will continue its official role of leaving the people to fend for themselves however they can while the hierarchy and family members rob the country. Nevertheless, the sudden departure of Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja is a blow to a regime that becomes more vulnerable with each passing day. It is a country in ruins under increasingly ferocious repression and increasing protests.

The death of General Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja eliminates the biggest wager the regime has made: in a few days the first anniversary of the most widespread protests against the regime will be commemorated and the conditions that sparked the uprising have only worsened over the past year. This is the current state of Cuba. Raul Castro and his regime’s hierarchy are going to have to deal with a very large collapse, a colossal collapse.

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