Dr Assalian made the dreadful mistake of daring to (politely) criticise a decision by the Castro regime some days ago to break up a planned gay rights demonstration in Havana.
Well, it appears Ms Castro wasn’t happy, penning her own rebuttal in her capacity as head of the National Centre for Sexual Education (Cenesex), which may sound like an independent body but is in fact, run and funded by the Communist Party, like all other such organisations in Cuba.
In her letter, the daughter of Raul Castro attempts to whitewash the regime’s appalling past record against homosexuals - again!
But even more disappointing for someone who is supposed to be clever and tolerant, she also uses the same old (and highly offensive) arguments against opponents that have been used by her uncle and his apologists for the past five decades, namely:
+ Anyone who disagrees with the regime is by definition “anti-Cuban”.
+ Journalists and others who write negative stories about the regime, especially in relation to political and human rights, are “mercenaries” in the pay of the United States.
+ For the past 50 years, capitalist media owners have routinely directed their journalists to engage in a campaign of misinformation and slander against the regime.
It’s all rubbish, of course. And predictable. But it shows once more that when it comes to the Castros, todo tiene su limite.