Monday, December 11, 2006

The ugly face of the Castro regime

It’s back to normal in Havana.

News agencies report that a peaceful vigil by a small group of dissidents marking International Human Rights Day on Sunday was broken up by about 200 “government supporters”.

They are no such thing, of course.

They are thugs trained and organised by the Castro regime for this very purpose. They are the reincarnation of the Brown Shirts - the ugly face of Cuban Communism, as you can see from the photograph above and other you will find here.

According to news reports, the small demonstration was interrupted as soon as it began by “burly men” who had been waiting for the dissidents to arrive at the Vedado neighbourhood park. The thugs pushed and surrounded participants, shoving some of them. One protester's shirt was ripped off and he was threatened with a beating, Reuters reports.

The so-called “loyalists” shouted: “Down with gusanos. Long live Fidel and Raul.”

All this in front of foreign journalists, which would seem to suggest that while we may have exchanged one near-death Castro for another, some things are unlikely to change on the island.


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