Fridays “special series”: TYRANTS, “Fidel Castro, the Enemy of the People, Pt.1”

Fidel Castro: el lento ocaso del comandante y su revolución - Infobae

I lived in Miami for many years and most of my friends were Cubans. These Cubans were the original founders of what is known as the “Cuban Exile”, as these were not immigrants coming to find work in America, they were driven out of their country by the communists headed by the dictator Fidel Castro. These Cubans arrived by air-plane to Miami with visa waivers, with sponsors, everything legal. They had to leave Cuba because the communist regime had taken everything they owned away. They had to flee their country because their country had been taken over by a rogue leader who imposed tyranny upon them.

On the second day of December of 1961 Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist. Immediately the take-over of the country began. The regime nationalised all private property as well as all businesses belonging to Cubans or to foreign entities. The attack upon those not willing to submit to the communists began with a frenzy. Summary trials were held in the streets and in the plazas of Havana. They generally went like this: If someone accused a person of being a counter-revolutionary, they were guilty. They had the right to plead for mercy. They ended up in prison or in front of the firing squad.

Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who was one of Castro’s foreign “comandantes”, executed hundreds of Cubans simply because they opposed communism. This Argentine was a mass murderer, a psychopath who eventually clashed with his overlord, Fidel and was ejected from Cuba never to return. He was ultimately adjudicated by freedom troops in Bolivia in 1967.

Bolivia marks capture, execution of 'Che' Guevara 40 years ago ...
(Guevara in Bolivia, 1967)

CUBA BEFORE THE FALL

BEFORE the revolution was hijacked and stolen by Castro and converting the country to communism, Cuba ranked fifth in the hemisphere in per capita income, third in life expectancy, second in per capita ownership of automobiles and telephones, first in the number of television sets per inhabitant. The literacy rate, 76%, was the fourth highest in Latin America. Cuba ranked 11th in the world in the number of doctors per capita. Many private clinics and hospitals provided services for the poor. Cuba’s income distribution compared favorably with that of other Latin American societies. A thriving middle class held the promise of prosperity and social mobility.

Cuba Antes De Castro: La Realidad. - YouTube

During the 1950’s Havana was listed among the five most beautiful cities in the world, which were listed as Paris, London, New York, Buenos Aires and Havana. Now it is a disaster. It reflects more than sixty years of communism. Beautiful mansions which thrived until 1959, are now falling down on a daily basis and many times killing folk living inside. The nicest mansions, and there were many, were taken over by the government or handed out to socialist governments to be converted into consulates or embassies.

Las mansiones señoriales en Cuba, un anzuelo para la inversión ...

Communism has only brought death and destruction to Cuba. The population is not reflected in those propaganda films showing happy-go-lucky people dancing and playing music in the streets. I have been there…I took two trips to Cuba in 2015 and 2016…and I saw how when the cameras are turned off and the tourists passed by, these itinerant musicians just sit and smoke their cigarettes with a look of sadness and despair.

Boris luis Bordon on Twitter: "Cuba antes de 1959 y la cuba de hoy ...
(before and after)

Cubans are not allowed many things in their own country. For example if one manages to go spend a week-end at a resort…if they have relatives in the US or Europe that have sent them either dollars or euros…they can basically enjoy most everything, but they are not allowed to go on a tour boat that circles the bay, or to rent a jet-ski. The reason? The regime does not want them on any vessel that is motorised because they just may decide to sail it to Miami…

mansiones de cuba - Google Search | Cuba pictures, Havana cuba ...
(beautiful mansions in Havana stolen from their rightful owners by the communists)

I will end this first part…which is an overview…with a personal anecdote. I stayed at a “casa particular”, which is Cuba’s version of the Airbnb that was located in a very nice suburb of the city of Cienfuegos. (of course, all these houses were built in the early 1950’s way before the communist take-over). One night I was awaked by the sounds of dozens of people talking and shouting outside. It was four in the morning. I looked outside and I saw many people walking towards the corner. They were wide awake, animated and talking loudly and I wondered what was going on. The next morning I asked the house owner and she told me it was because the potato truck had arrived and the people were lining up to be able to buy their share. By sunrise the truck had left and I walked by the “agro” (the grocery store for Cubans) and there was not a potato to be seen…

For part two we will explore the way the regime has treated gays, lesbians, intellectuals and all those it sees as unfit and unwanted…

Please let me know what you think of this new series. It is limited, to a certain extent but being that news from Cuba is always oncoming, it can last a few chapters…

I think it is important that the truth about Cuba, about communism, be told. Cuba spends much time and money on propaganda, especially in Latin America and Europe. Presently they are convincing many United States citizens to travel to Cuba. They present their view of history, which is a lie. I have researched and will express the truth about their dictatorship and about the murders committed by the tyrants, Fidel first and then his brother Raul…

THANKS!

17 comments

  1. NZain · 9 Days Ago

    Awesome—keep writing! Yes, sadly the marxists/socialists/communists are here in America trying to do the same thing…but I am also hopeful that people are waking up too. November election is important for America—for the whole world. 🙏🏻

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 9 Days Ago

      Thank you! I agree, they are trying to destroy the US as well. I appreciate your reply and wishing you a lovely weekend 😊

  2. pedmar10 · 9 Days Ago

    Cubans came by boat and life rafts, and planes by many ways me by Madrid; my father by boat, all searching for better things and finally we have found it. Cuba is history.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 8 Days Ago

      You are right my friend when you say “Cuba is history” because I learned, in Miami, that Cuba died in 1959 and the country that malingers there until these days is not the real Cuba. Thank you! And bon chance!

      • pedmar10 · 8 Days Ago

        yes and never the same!

  3. Brad Osborne · 9 Days Ago

    This is an important history to share and you do so wonderfully. Your personal connection to the stories and the island help bring the past to life. There is still a great beauty to be found there, but it is not in the life of its citizens. I look forward to the rest of this series! Well done, my friend!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 8 Days Ago

      Good morning my friend and thank you! Yes, the island is a beautiful place and it is a shame beyond compare what the communists have done to destroy not only the economy but the culture and the people of Cuba. Yes, I will continue until the story is told because the communists spend much time and money disseminating their lies and I would like to contradict them with the truth. All the best, Brad and have a wonderful weekend!

  4. beth · 8 Days Ago

    thank you for beginning this series, I’ve always been interested in Cuba’s story, and would like to visit it one day

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 8 Days Ago

      Thank you Beth, I appreciate your reply. I too have always been interested in Cuba, as you might know it was one of our provinces at one time and the last colony we held in the Americas and our people have much in common, as well as the fact that we are closer with Cubans than with any other nationality in America…so I went to Cuba and I did not like anything I saw…I hope this series clarifies to all what i mean by that. Take good care and all the best.
      Francisco

  5. markbierman · 8 Days Ago

    Fascinating post, Francisco. I never realized that Cuba was such a wealthy country before Castro’s rule. Unfortnately our Prime Minister in the 1970’s, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, (the father of our current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau) was great friends with the dictator, much to the chagrin of the U.S.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 8 Days Ago

      Yes, unfortunately too many democratic leaders found a way to become friendly with a bloody dictator such as Castro. Even our own right-wing oriented Francisco Franco supported and helped Castro in his day. Thanks Mark, and yes, I’ve researched and absolutely, Cuba was a very nice place to live before the Castro regime took over. Take good care and all the best.

  6. zita666479 · 8 Days Ago

    Outstanding post, I can’t wait to read more. My friend lives to go and visit Cuba all the time! To learn more about their history would be great for me, something I could pass in to her.

  7. Craig White · 7 Days Ago

    If our human lives aren’t plagued enough with underlying issue’s..

    Dictatorship moves in and also tries to steam roll us over to.. 🙏👌💙

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