The human torpedoes of Castroism

Pedro Corzo
Peter Corzo

The emigration of innumerable people in different countries of the world is an almost normal process and responds to numerous factors, but that governments, such as that of Cuba, use their citizens as weapons to achieve their only objective, to maintain power, is an aberration that should be condemned.

Regimes such as those of Iran, North Korea and Cuba are characterized by their aggressiveness. While Pyongyang threatens the world with its nuclear capacity and Tehran, with its leadership in international terrorism, Havana, regardless of its political practice of destabilizing adversaries and rivals, disturbs many countries by systematically and permanently exporting large numbers of people , generating social crises beyond its borders.

Cuban emigration, like voluntary or forced exile, dates back 63 years. I establish this contrast because not all those who leave the Island do so for political reasons, although without a doubt, in almost all cases political factors are what affect a decision-making that, no matter how happy it turns out, is still traumatic. .

I write this because even those who leave Cuba to have better living conditions, or to prosper in a business, decide to do so because the regime, even to their liking, imposes limitations that prevent the individual from the personal development to which he aspires and to which he has right in every free society.

In the first two years, most of those who left the island were people affected politically or economically by Castroism, with these people the repudiation rallies were launched, a horrendous experience in which the total defenselessness of those who live under totalitarianism is appreciated. .

It is worth noting that a significant number left Cuba to prepare militarily and return to the island in Brigade 2506, or participating in the numerous infiltration teams that were forged, with the aim of overthrowing the dictatorship. Many of these men enriched the Cuban martyrdom in the fight against totalitarianism and Castro’s ergastulas.

Subsequently, the regime, with that vocation to absolutism that it has practiced since its first day in office, decided to implement migration in order to obtain more than one benefit, in addition to those it already obtained, with the confiscation of travellers’ goods, since who could not sell their homes, vehicles, household appliances and bank accounts, all property passed into the hands of the state.

The first use of citizens as torpedoes was the emigration from Camarioca, 1965, which was followed, as a consequence of its incessant pressure on Washington, by the so-called Freedom Flights, through which 260,000 Cubans left.

Castro later invented the Mariel Boatlift, for which 125,000 people left the country, and he was also the main promoter of the 1994 rafter crisis, another 32,000 individuals. The Caribbean dictatorship resorts to massive exits and to the sending abroad of professional contingents, particularly doctors, because both one or another management, yields economic benefits, apart from leaving individuals who could potentially be a destructive stone inside the boot.

The friends of Castroism inside and outside the Island accuse the exile of promoting a social explosion inside Cuba, which would not happen if the citizens were satisfied with a tyranny of more than six decades, however, it is the regime itself with its migratory maneuvers, who tend to manipulate the population and the countries that are concerned about the Cuban situation, just as it does with the United States, which frequently and covertly threatens that the internal situation is so serious that at any moment there is a social explosion.

It is no coincidence that the number of Cubans arriving in the United States in recent months, like the many who have recently left the country, is higher than in recent years, and it is because totalitarianism is once again preparing to send its human torpedoes to this great country, which is why the migratory talks with totalitarianism should be oriented towards the regime eliminating what motivates the exoduses, not solving the problems that its repression generates.

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