Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Eat your heart out, Josef Stalin

What a relief!

Remember those students who had the temerity (the hide!) to ask embarrassing questions of Ricardo Alarcon, the president of the rubberstamp Cuban parliament, during that now infamous meeting in Havana?

The explosive session was filmed by someone and then leaked to the BBC, which meant the encounter became big news around the world.

Yesterday, we told you about unconfirmed reports that at least one of the outspoken students, Eliecer Ávila Cicilia, had been taken away by the political police from his home in the province of Las Tunas to Havana.

It seems we were partly right.

But you will be happy to hear that young Eliecer was taken to Havana not by those nice, helpful boys from the political police but by equally nice and helpful members of the Union of Communist Youth (UJC), who merely wanted to offer him a lift to the capital city.

Not because he was in any trouble, mind you. Instead, he was taken to Havana so he and some of his fellow students could be interviewed by the official media about how they really feel about life in Fidel Castro’s island paradise.

And lo and behold, there is now an officially-distributed video of the students “clarifying” what they said only a few weeks ago – and making it crystal clear that they are true revolutionaries who think Castro and his regime are just great.

In fact, they are furious that their seemingly straight-forward, ideologically correct questions were misinterpreted in such a devious manner by the world media, which as we all know, are in the pay of the “Miami Mafia” and their terrible American puppetmasters.

See? All is well. Back to normal.

Except no one has been able to answer young Eliecer’s original question, namely, Why is it that after 50 years of “revolution” it still takes an ordinary Cuban worker three days of hard work to have enough money to buy a toothbrush?


Anonymous realpolitik said...

Well of course he wasn't arrested or threatened or coerced in any way behind the scenes. Just like Elian Gonzalez wasn't brainwashed by intense indoctrination from childhood to become a mouthpiece for the Castro regime. Elian only LOOKS and SOUNDS like a robot, and he only SEEMS to be a political trophy object.

It's all a matter of perception, you see. The enemies of the revolution always blow these things way out of proportion. Like you said, it's a Stalinist thing; outsiders just don't understand, that's all.

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Blogger Agustin Farinas said...

And the poor Eliecer! His hand and legs were just shaking in the Cuba Debate video from the after effect of the anesthesia to remove his wisdom teeth!

4:56 am  

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