Raul Recognizes Growing Dissident Influence

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
While AFP's Havana bureau and Castro's lobbyists try to falsely portray Cuba's internal democracy movement as "irrelevant," General Raul Castro today recognized and expressed concern about dissident's growing appeal among young people.

During a speech marking the 55th anniversary of his family's dictatorship in Santiago de Cuba -- a hotbed of dissident activity led by the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU) -- Castro fretted about the island's democracy movement:

"They deceptively toil in selling to the youth the supposed advantages of dispensing with ideology and social consciousness. They pretend to induce a rupture between the historic leaders of the revolution and the new generations, and to promote uncertainty and pessimism regarding the future. All with the purpose of dismantling socialism from within."

Coupled with Castro's dramatic rise in repression against these peaceful activists, it's clear that Raul is very worried.