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    Castro’s Kicks and the Applause of the Sheep

    Castro’s Kicks and the Applause of the Sheep / Luis Felipe Rojas

    Luis Felipe Rojas, 3 May 2016 — They’ve barely finished giving a slap
    before they give another. The insult-spitting machine of the Castro
    regime is fired up week after week.

    Arbitrary arrests, repudiation rallies, and beatings calibrated from the
    offices of the Ministry of the Interior (MININT) in every province. This
    arsenal of harassment counts on the bleats of the screaming sheep who
    don’t dare to look at how much grass they have left in the olive-green
    kingdom before leaving Cuba.

    On the morning of Monday, May 2, it went like this: the Cuban Daniel
    Llorente challenged the partisan crowd and called them hypocrites to
    their faces. The day before the young black man had screamed
    anti-imperialist slogans and this morning he received with cheers the
    first cruise ship to come from Miami in 56 years of the walled-off
    island. After a discussion in which a fidelista — a party faithful —
    made gestures referring to the color of his skin, the police came and
    carried him off.

    Nobody flinched.

    Every year Cuban jurists discuss the squares on every little worksheet
    in the sea of bureaucracy, every comma in the most futile paragraphs,
    and end up ratifying Fidel Castro as the best exponent of Cuban law. In
    the face of the mojitos and ham croquettes they are incapable of
    discussion about the most striking legal aberration among those that
    cramp their legal degrees: the Law of Pre-Criminal Dangerousness, a tool
    used to send thousands of young Cubans to prison for looking cross-eyed
    at a police officer.

    The Castro press is a black hole into which the history of the country
    has fallen. Infamy knocks on its doors and it prefers to write about the
    butterfly migration in the Valley of Viñales. The scribblers of the
    government libelers have never taken to task an official of the Interior
    Order of a prison and they don’t want to investigate a beating delivered
    by the MINIT’s feared Special Troops.

    When plainclothes agents shove the young Llorente into a patrol car so
    as not to spoil the party of the Adonia cruise ship’s arrival in Cuba
    this Monday, it was the voice a young woman that was heard above the
    national shame shouting, “Throw him overboard.” And Havana erupted in

    The country is sliding backwards, for almost sixty years, but the boys
    want reggaeton and a fistful of money to pay for wifi, and nobody is
    going to distract them.

    Source: Castro’s Kicks and the Applause of the Sheep / Luis Felipe Rojas
    – Translating Cuba –

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