In May, the Castro machine labeled an 80-year-old retired waiter to be dangerous! Apparently, he still has quite a bit of fight in him: "I was born fighting!"
Here's the scoop, from Cubanet.com:
A Mercenary and Dangerous Old ManBy Leonel Alberto Pérez BeletteHavana (May 2008 – Cubanet) Members of the political police harassed an 80 year old opponent in his own home to prevent him from blemishing the festivities of the first of May.Alfredo Guilleuma Rodriguez has become a "danger" for the authorities of the state. So much so that the State decided to place to two police officers and a member of the Committee of Defense of the Revolution (CDR) on his doorstep with the objective to stop him from leaving his dwelling on May Day.According to him, he was told that he would not be able to leave while the parade was being performed. In spite of their threats, the elder was not scared because he needed to leave to find something for his grandson’s breakfast. After an exchange of words, in which he was branded a mercenary, the authorities were limited to following him to where he was going. Earlier, the leader of the police sector had already notified him that he was not going to permit him to moved around freely.
Why are they so infuriated with a grandfather that still needs a cane to travel? Guilleuma Rodriguez has spent his life fighting against tyrannies and as a true revolutionary. He fought against Hatchet, then against Batista and now against the ones in charge of Cuba.
Read the rest here.
Here's my view about how to deal effectively with the Castro regime: drown them out with capitalism!The embargo has been a miserable failure. It made sense when the Soviets were there, but now it makes no sense at all. It has not helped the Cuban people, plunging them deeper into poverty, while strengthening and expanding the power of the Castro machine. Fidel Castro thrived on this, since he could always blame the country's woes on the embargo, thus emboldening him to take ever more repressive measures to secure his own power base.
Imagine, for a moment, the possibilities of ending this ineffective embargo. As more investment comes in, Castro will have less and less opportunity to blame the U.S. for the nation's economic woes. The Cuban people will be more inclined to see the Castro regime as the cause of stagnation, and so Raul Castro and his cronies will be in a more precarious situation. The U.S., by taking a "back seat," will not be seen as the meddling neighbor, letting capitalism take its course in the island. The Castro regime will seem less and less relevent, as the elder Castro's raison d'etre-conflict with los yanquis-will be out of the picture.
But don't count on this being implemented any time soon. Why not? The Miami exiles, who represent a fairly sizeable voting bloc in Florida, will not for a moment support any effort to end this ineffective embargo. No one seeking political office will even touch it.
Understandably, they are angry, having lost loved ones in overnight raids, never to be seen again.
But my people need to ask themselves honestly: How has this embargo, now 40+ years strong, ruined Castro and helped the Cuban people? Answer: On both counts, not at all. What we have ended up with is a 49-year-old Soviet-style dictatorship, with an heir apparent.
For the sake of the Cuban people, let's put an end to this farce, and help them remove this cancerous growth that is the Castro machine by...ending the embargo!!!
Let's drown the Castro machine out with capitalism!