Cuba's Dissidents Clearly Gaining Influence

Monday, December 30, 2013
Pursuant to the brutal repression by the Castro regime against hundreds of peaceful dissidents on Human Rights Day (December 10th), former Cuban diplomat and social-democratic opponent, Pedro Campos, succinctly wrote from Havana:

"What is the government afraid of? That a few hundred people talking, listening to music and perhaps yelling anti-government slogans are capable of mobilizing thousands or perhaps hundreds of thousands of people, who will support them and overthrow the government in a massive, popular uprising? If that were the case, it would be a tacit acknowledgement of their political defeat."

Considering the rise in repression under Raul Castro's rule, it's clear that the regime isn't just afraid of these peaceful dissidents -- it is very afraid.

But perhaps there's no greater sign of the Castro regime's fear of these dissidents -- and the influence they are achieving both inside and outside the island -- than the smear campaign being mounted against them.

Of course, the regime has long smeared dissidents domestically -- even launching racist and sexist attacks.

Yet, now concerned about the international prestige they're garnering -- it's also intensifying the external smear campaign against them.

Case and point -- today's AFP article, where the Castro regime's favorite talking heads take aim at Cuba's dissidents.

Leading the charge -- as usual -- is "former" Cuban intelligence official-turned-doctoral student, Arturo Lopez-Levy ("Lopez-Callejas"), who stated that dissident's "verbal radicalism" is evidence of their "irrelevance" domestically.

"Verbal radicalism"?

What type of dictatorial jargon is that?

Are human rights, freedom and representative democracy symptoms of "verbal radicalism"?

For Lopez-Callejas, whose conflict-of-interest was omitted by AFP, anyone who disagrees with his point of view is a "verbal radical."

Apparently, you can take Lopez-Callejas out of Castro's MININT ("Ministry of the Interior"), but you can't take the MININT out of Lopez-Callejas.

After all, his family still calls the shots there.

"Los perros ladran, la caravana pasa."