The recent protests in the small town of Caimanera in Guantanmo shows the communist Castro dictatorship is willing to use whatever violence necessary to quash the growing number of protests in Cuba.
Lessons from Caimanera: more state violence, more protests
11J, Nuevitas, Línea & F, Caimanera…Cubans weary of the regime’s repressive responses.
Quashing discontent with extreme violence is a high-level order in Cuba. Violence has been authorized ever since the “call to fight” issued by Miguel Díaz-Canel during the historic protests of July 2021. The priority of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and its State Security force is that there not be another 11-J. Thus, in Caimanera they acted quickly; with coordinated repression, the protest was put down in a short period of time, followed by a guarded “tranquility.”
Diaz-Canel’s much-criticized order to his “revolutionaries” more than two years ago is still in force after his ratification as head of the Government and also as First Secretary of the PCC, the only legal party, which runs Cuba with exclusive impunity.
“The PCC is not accountable to the people or to any other official institution. Its leaders are not even part of the rigged electoral process, they do not proceed from the electorate. Its instructions in matters of public policies and of all kinds are strictly complied with, and budget expenditures on its management, especially that allocated for items related to ideological imposition, censorship, disinformation and repression, are not subject to control,” former judge Edel Gonzalez told DIARIO DE CUBA in a reflection on what happened in Caimanera.
“Neither the Comptroller General’s Office nor the auditing area of the Attorney General’s Office have the freedom to audit events, processes and expenses related to the PCC. No organization, and certainly not the Cuban citizen, can access such information, or demand transparent accounts. Nor are the members of the Central Committee Bureau free to file complaints and criminal proceedings for administrative excesses or crimes without consequences. The criminal procedural law reinforced the immunity of these leaders, so that they can be ‘safe’ from any consequences for the crimes they order and carry out during their repression of citizens,” added González.
“It is no coincidence that power is concentrated in the hands of those who are extremely loyal to the will of the Castroist leadership. Any director, deputy or delegate, of any level, who does not pay it obeisance is removed from office by the control mechanism established in Decree/Law 13 of 2020”, he pointed out.
In the lawyer’s view, as long as the power elite “is made up of ‘alpha males,’ there will be no open or inclusive dialogue; there will be no opposition, no recognized dissent that weakens them; there will be no laws that guarantee the effective right to meetings and protests, no promotion of freedom of association, and no right to exercise any constitutional freedoms/rights/guarantees, such as those of expression, information, communication, thought and press without criminal consequences for those who dare to defy the ruling elite.”
“The new procedural laws and the organic law of the courts of justice will be mere empty declarations, a hodgepodge of content that only serves to promote disinformation and arbitrary imprisonment,” he predicted.
In the lawyer’s opinion, “in spite of the institutional violence, Cubans have no other alternative for freedom than protests.”
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