This morning, the media noted how the speeches at the "26 de Julio" ("Rebellion Day") commemoration -- one of the Castro regime's main holidays -- had toned down anti-American rhetoric.
They concluded this was due to renewed diplomatic relations with the United States.
Yet, the violence against peaceful Cuban dissidents remained unchanged (and unreported).
This afternoon, over 75 democracy activists, including 46 members of The Ladies in White, were beaten and arrested.
Its leader, Berta Soler, was punched in the mouth.
Clearly, the "theory" that Castro needs the U.S. as a nemesis to crackdown on dissidents is nonsense.
But we've known that.
As we've written before, dictators need no excuses to crackdown on dissent.
The Ladies in White, composed of the wives, mothers, daughters and other relatives of Cuban political prisoners, had dedicated today's demonstration to the third-anniversary of the murder of democracy leader, Oswaldo Paya.
They were intercepted, beaten and arrested.
It's what "change looks like" in Cuba.
at 10:46 PM Sunday, July 26, 2015
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