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From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: FORTY THREE YEAR STRUGGLE AGAINST CASTRO
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 09:43:17 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 09:53:21 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
The international and US media is blamed for forgetting the
circumstance of Cuba and unknown amd bloody war against Castro
Many historic details of interest
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Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 00:34:50 EDT
FORTY THREE YEAR STRUGGLE AGAINST CASTRO
by Agustin Blazquez with the collaboration of Jaums Sutton
Castro's latest no-alternative referendum scheme pretends to lie
about the legitimacy and approval of his totalitarian regime
untouchable within the text of that rag euphemistically called
Constitution of 1976.
I say euphemistically because that constitution, deprives any
all liberties and human rights when any citizen expresses any
with the dictums of the revolution (Castro), as well as deprives
citizens of their parental rights concerning the education of
children. Castro's 1976 constitution is the antithesis of the
Constitution of the United States.
Castro was so sure that no one would dare to challenge him that
constitution includes a passage that says a request for a
be made by the citizens if a petition with at least 10,000
And now (26 years later), immediately after the Varela Project
11,000 signatures asking for a referendum in accordance with his
constitution Castro's answer is an amendment to guarantee the
of his corrupt brand of tropical socialism which is much closer
Hopefully this ruse will serve to open the eyes of his many
admirers in the
U.S. and realize that he will not change. The secret of his
power is the result of his unparalleled repression.
Castro's brutality and repression is not new. An examination of
record shows that it began when he took power in January 1959.
Resistance to Castro's criminal and dictatorial behavior by
at the same time. Thus his unrelenting, 43-year war against the
people and their will for freedom and democracy continues.
Son of a corrupt Spaniard landowner, Castro was upper middle
class, as were
his friends. Due to the romantic myth created by the media -
the articles of Herbert Matthews in The New York Times - only
those who knew
him personally knew of his violent past as a university student
manipulative ways, thirst for power, admiration for the Fascist
Hitler and Mussolini, could foresee the dangers to come.
The struggle against Batista, Castro's predecessor, was dominated
Cuba's huge middle class and some segments of the upper classes;
early opposition to Castro came from all walks of life, including
comrades in his fight against Batista.
One of Castro;s comrades in the fight against Batista was Mario
Armas, who came with him aboard the Granma. But from 1961 to
de Armas was sent to jail for disagreeing with Castro's communist
Chanes de Armas was the longest held political prisoner in the
The democratic opposition was threatening his hold on power and
1960, Castro decreed the death penalty (that did not exist in
helping or joining the new revolt. By the end of 1960, there had
violent clashes between Castro and groups opposing him inside
Contrary to Castro's propaganda - repeated as Gospel by the U.S.
which had kept the American people ignorant of the struggle of
people to get rid of his regime - there were resistance groups in
cities and rebel groups in the countryside as close as 36
Havana, and extending to other provinces.
According to conservative estimates there were 10,000 rebels
island (much more than the some 3500 that fought against
Batista's army was 40,000 men, Castro needed an army of more than
men to fight them. Castro's revolution was bloody from the
In January 1960, a group of peasants - frustrated by the abuses
communist-leaning Castro revolution - went into the Escambray
the first open revolt against the regime. Soon the peasant
in the hundreds and later people from all walks of life joined
in a total of about 3500.
Following the Hitler and Stalin models, Castro, maligning the
"bandits," ordered in 1961 the massive relocation of thousands of
the Escambray area, with the objective of cutting off the
of rebels, their support, contacts and food supply. (This
relocation-of-peasants technique was also followed by the
communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua in the 1980s to crush a
Thousands of families were forcibly evicted from the Escambray
gunpoint from their properties. As during the times of Hitler
the peasants were herded into trains where families were
banished. The men were sent to prisons and forced labor camps
Cuba. Women and children were housed in expropriated houses
detention centers in far away cities.
The communist technique was to hold these families incommunicado
relatives in distant areas of the island. When their children
were six years
old, they were removed from their mothers and interned in
For years the men were subjected to abusive and inhumane
them for forced labor, the closed towns of Ramon Lopez Pena,
Briones Montoto, Miraflores, Imias, Mamamantuabo and Velaco were
built in the
provinces of Pinar del Rio, Matanzas and Camaguey.
Eventually, the family members from throughout Cuba were
relocated to these
closed towns. They were ordered never to return to their
These towns were guarded concentration camps off limits to the
rest of the
population. This operation lasted until 1972, but these peasants
been allowed to leave their assigned towns. Today, four decades
are still being treated as prisoners and hostages of Castro's
Castro's genocidal war followed a scorched-earth technique of
the rebels was concluded in 1965, after killing a total of 2236,
to Dr. Armando Lago's research for an upcoming book. From this
Dr. Lago says, 1415 were executed on sight without trial.
was to execute all prisoners by shooting or hanging after being
According to the book Cuba in Revolution-Escape From a Lost
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D., a note on page 113, reveals that
brother Raul admitted that Castro's communist army suffered 6000
the hands of the freedom fighters at the Escambray Mountains.
The cost in human lives of the Escambray Mountain revolt against
was far greater than in the prior fight against Batista. Dr.
documented research also shows that the total number of deaths
struggle against Batista's dictatorship (March 10, 1952 to
1958) was 2826. And that Castro's rebel forces killed 1432 and
In 1996, a group of uprooted sons and daughters of the
Escambray area peasants challenged Castro's regime by soliciting
of Justice in Cuba that their parents' properties be returned to
Indeed a daring act in totalitarian Cuba! But no information on
has made it out.
CNN (known to Cubans as the Castro News Network) and the other
news agencies allowed in Havana cooperate with the regime and do
this issue. Jose Marti¬≠, the XIX century Cuban patriot said, "To
idly at a crime is to commit it." Meantime, the people in Cuba
to suffer as a result of this criminal silence.
On June 22, 2002, The Cycle of Cuban Films of the Miami Dade
College presents at the Tower Theater in Miami a documentary
Escambray saga written by Enrique Encinosa and directed by Pedro
titled Al Filo del Machete [At the Edge of the Sword].
This film is part of the effort of the Institute of the Cuban
against Totalitarianism to document little known or twisted
chapters of the
armed struggle against Castro's tyranny since 1959.
Al Filo del Machete presents the testimonies of a group of
took part in the struggle for freedom during the 1960s on the
Mountains in the center of the island and the urban struggle as
Discredited as "bandits" for years by Castro's propaganda
film documents why these peasants did not have any alternative
back a regime that was cutting off the most fundamental civil
Unfortunately for the benefit of the English speaking American
ignores the reality of the Castro regime, this documentary does
English subtitles now, but hopefully will in the near future.
Another sample of Castro's brutality was carried out in the early
April 17, 1961, when Castro ordered the massive detention of
citizens suspected of being unsympathetic to his revolution in
order to cut
off public support for the Bay of Pigs invasion. They were
stadiums, theaters and prisons. Many of them were executed or
prison. Once the invasion failed, Castro ordered the
dynamite in all jails housing his political prisoners, so that if
invasion occurred, they could be killed quickly.
If the Cuban people really love Castro and his regime as some
claim, why not
hold free democratic elections in Cuba? Why not allow other
parties besides the Communist party? Why not have a free press
of expression for the citizens? Why no freedom of association
automatically consider all private organizations illegal?
Why can't parents educate their children according to their own
Why can't citizens own property and enter in business
foreigners? Why can't ordinary Cuban citizens enjoy the same
as foreigners? And the list of depravation of the most
rights goes on.
The notion that Castro was not and is still not opposed in Cuba
For 43 years he has been waging a war against Cubans, who, since
rejected his betrayal of the democratic ideals of the political
against Batista. Castro has ruled and maintained power by
brutality and terror. Castro is not only involved in
but also in national terrorism directed against millions of
This situation has affected all Cubans in all walks of life.
That is why
it is so inaccurate for the U.S. media and others to dismiss
Cuban Americans as "upper class" "conservatives," "right wing"
negative and derogatory epithets very much in vogue and with the
approval of the far-left engendered "political correctness."
Being anti-Castro is being pro-democracy and in support of human
the principles of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and
Producer/director of the documentaries
COVERING CUBA, COVERING CUBA 2: The Next Generation & the
CUBA 3: Elian
Author with Carlos Wotzkow of the book COVERING AND DISCOVERING
translator with Jaums Sutton of the upcoming book by Luis Grave
Morell THE MAFIA OF HAVANA-The Cuban Cosa Nostra
Este y otros excelentes art√É¬≠culos del mismo AUTOR aparecen en la
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