Fidel Castro, the king of the gangsters

Hugo Marcelo Balderrama

On January 1, 1959, cheered by thousands of Cubans who fought to end the corrupt regime of Fulgencio Batista, Fidel Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos and Huber Matos triumphantly entered Havana. Nine months later, Commander Matos was sentenced to twenty years in prison. The fate of Camilo Cienfuegos would not be better, because on October 28, 1959, he died in a strange plane crash when he was traveling from Camagüey to Havana.

In his book, How the Night Came, Huber Matos tells us how Fidel Castro and El Che raided food factories and stole private property from humble peasants. But the most lurid detail is the executions that both ordered against those who questioned their decisions. In short, Castro intended to turn Cuba into his private estate, which he, in effect, did.

Fidel Castro knew very well that to stay in power he needed large doses of publicity. For this reason, together with Manuel Piñeiro (Barbarossa), he established the América Department, an espionage center whose main mission is to detect, recruit and train sympathizers of the Cuban revolution around the world.

Many of those recruits were fully aware of their mission – among them, Augusto Olivares, Salvador Allende’s press advisor. However, others were no more than, in the words of the commander himself: “Useful idiots.” The latter would be those who defend “achievements” in health and education, or those who tattoo Guevara’s image on some part of their body. They are beings incapable of seeing reality, and who sell lies to the world as if it were the truth.

Castro’s ambitions were not limited to enslaving Cuba. He wanted to dominate the entire region. Since that dream requires large sums of money, the commander did not hesitate to join the cocaine business with Pablo Escobar and Roberto Suarez. But he also led him to close agreements with the FARC, the ELN, the M-19, the Shining Path, the Irish IRA and every terrorist group that appeared in the region and the world.

Castro’s strategy – later adopted by the entire Sao Paulo Forum – consisted of weakening governments through street terrorism, always camouflaged as “social movements”, misleading advertising, the destruction of political parties and the discrediting of institutions. national security (Army and Police). However, the coup de grâce was the construction of a leader “from” the people. Yes, gentlemen, Evo Morales, Lula da Silva, Gabriel Boric or Gustavo Petro are products made in Cuba.

Right now, the relations between Lula and the PCC, the most dangerous gang in Brazil, are coming to light again.

The connection is established through Felipe Ramos Morais and João Vaccari Neto. The first was the trusted pilot of the PCC, imprisoned since 2018. And the second was treasurer of the PT and husband of Giselda Rose de Lima, owner of the apartment where Morais lived. Here is a small “coincidence” – not to use another word – this property is located in the famous Solaris tower, in Guarujá, the same building where the triplex apartment that presumably belongs to Lula is located.

However, Lula da Silva’s shady dealings with the PCC were born at the beginning of the 21st century.

In 2002, police arrested Chilean Mauricio Hernández Norambuena in Brazil. The guerrilla, a member of the Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front Organization (FPMR), had been a fugitive from Chilean justice since 1996. Hernández Norambuena, or Commander Ramiro as he is defined, was the operational leader of the organization. In prison he met Marcos Herbas Camacho, the PCC’s second man. From that relationship was born the agreement between the Brazilian cartel and the Cuban dictatorship, allowing PCC gang members to have access to weapons and Castro’s training.

Juan Reinaldo Sánchez ―who was the personal bodyguard of the Cuban dictator for 17 years― spent the last stage of his life recounting Fidel Castro’s relations with the world mafia. He also recounted the luxuries in which the commander lived, while forcing his people to suffer the greatest miseries. Castro was never a statesman or a politician, much less a giant of history, as Carlos Mesa called him; his real occupation was that of a gangster, the king of gangsterism.

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