…from the quill of Antisthenes
Last weekend the Cuban State Security and police units organised buses to facilitate “spontaneous” demonstration against a group of Cuban women, whose husbands, sons, brothers or lovers are jailed by the still-in-power Castro brothers. The vociferous defenders of the Communist regime, mostly females, some in military uniforms blockaded the house of one of the leaders, Laura Pollan, where the ladies usually congregate prior to the attendance at the Mass. The police cordon at both ends of the street prevented any supporters to come.
In March 2010, following similar harassment of Las Damas de Blanco, President Obama called upon President Raúl Castro, “to end the repression.” Raúl did not take much notice; after all, Obama’s storm troopers, SEIU (Service Employees International Union), use similar tactics to intimidate his opponents in USA, the former bastion of freedom and democracy. This time President Obama is silent. Our media of course ignore any anti-socialist dissent.
In Libya today just about everybody is a democrat. It is surprising what a little revolution can do: from Gaddafi lovers to Gaddafi haters in a few months. Nasty as the harassment of Ladies in White is, it is moderate by communist standards. I suspect that smarter people in the Cuban repressive apparatus see the writing on the wall and are setting themselves up as future Castro haters – “We could have killed them, we could have tortured them, we could have jailed them – but we didn’t. See how humanitarian we were?” The women yelling abuse at their sisters today in Havana will, after the change of the regime, claim they had no choice. If history is any guide, and it should be, they will then also start dressing in white.
[See also Las Damas de Blanco on this blog by Paul Jacko on 19th July, 2011 ]