Repression and Condemnation in Cuba after Obama’s Visit

By Faye Higbee

Repression and Condemnation in Cuba after Obama’s Visit

Gotta love that ‘hope and change.” Since the U.S. is now reaching out to the Communist Dictatorship in Cuba to bring “new understanding” to them, you would expect something awesome might happen after the first Presidential visit in 88 years to Cuba. Instead, Fidel Castro lambasted Obama and pro-human rights protesters were arrested all over the Island.

Cuba doesn’t need anything from the United States! Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro Bashes Obama

Not to be undone by Obama’s visit, Fidel Castor lit into Obama’s speech and tore him apart. With lies, of course.  He took exception to Obama’s request to forget the past and move forward, citing American “aggression” and giving numerous examples from the blockade to attacks by “mercenaries.” (The usual Communist drivel).

But his best line,

“I warn you that we are capable of producing the food and material wealth we need with the effort and intelligence of our people. We do not need the empire to give us nothing. Our efforts will be legal and peaceful, because it is our commitment to peace and brotherhood of all human beings living on this planet.” Fidel Castro

Translation: “The people live with things so scarce it makes cardboard a wall of protest.”


The Human Rights campaign #TodosMarchamos took Easter Sunday to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the start of their  pro-democracy movement. This Sunday was the movement’s 47th March to protest human rights violations by the Cuban Government. It became a violent mess, as the Communist government cracked down on the protesters all over the Island.

Eastern Cuba on Saturday, Western Cuba on Sunday

The ‘Ladies in White’  who managed to escape the first round of arrests were arrested when they joined the 47th march. They were taken to the Tarara Police Station. The men who were arrested have been taken to an “unknown location.” In the past, men have disappeared forever, leaving behind wives and families who have no idea where they were taken.

A pro-Cuban blog reported,

In Matanzas, independent journalist Ivan Hernandez-Carrillo reported that “using the name ‘Operation Fortress,’ the totalitarian Castro regime has arrested and beaten, and even more, Ladies in White and opposition members.”

In Carlos Rojas, Jovellanos, political police units and government-organized mobs called brigades of rapid response beat and arrested eight women. “They tore their clothes in the middle of the street leaving several of them naked in front of everyone,” said Hernandez Carrillo. They were “thrown to the ground and beaten with belts from washing machines and flagpoles.”

“They arrested a minor, Lissi Abascal, the sister of Lady in White Sissy Abascal,” added Hernandez Carrillo. He also reported that State Security had cut off the cellphone service of several Ladies in White.

The spokesperson for the Cuban Coalition of Independent Unions reported that opposition members from the PL Boitel party, Lazaro Diaz Sanchez and Francisco Rangel Manzano were arrested and jailed. In that same Matanzas city, three Ladies in White were able to march for the liberty of political prisoners.

In the Eastern part of the island, Jose Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU), reported that more than 150 members of his organization were arrested on Saturday when they took to the streets to demand liberty and respect for human rights.

Hope and change

So we assume this is what Obama’s hope and change for Cuba looks like? The Castro regime continues to destroy the people of Cuba. If they had all the food they needed, there would not be lines waiting for potatoes or bread. The Castros live in plush surroundings, while the common people live in abject poverty.