Originally posted by DaFunk13
This thread is an opportunity for anyone with any special incite into the situations surrounding Cuba, both before and after Castro's takeover to
castro is no "teddy bear"...
BTW...it is kind of hard to "not talk about Communism" when talking about Cuba, because from an early age children have to recite the following
words "Pioneros por el Comunismo seremos como el Che".... Which translates to "Pioneers for communism, we shall be like Che."...among some of the
other things children and adults have to recite....
BTW, one of the "titles" of fidel castro is first secretary of the Communist Party.
Anyways, you want to know how it is in Cuba? Imagine this.
Imagine if in your everyday life there is always indoctrination in "all that is good of the revolution"..
Imagine if whenever fidel castro decides to make one of his 4 hour speech, if children in schools around the place where the speech is going to be
made and everyone that is working close to where the speech is going to be done had to attend.
Imagine if you are a working father/mother and you had to leave your work with the rest of the "herded Cubans" to listen to "el comandante", or if
you refuse your name will be written and you will lose any or all the few benefits you might have. And if you continuosly don't go to listen to
"el comandante" you will lose your job and you won't be able to find any job since they are all owned by the government. Not only that but you
will be harrassed and attacked by some of castro's thugs, you will also surely find yourself often times in prison for saying anything against the
regime or castro.
Imagine if every child from 11 years old onwards had to go to summer labour camps.
Imagine if you had to harvest food in these labour camps since 11 years old and you could not eat any of the food harvested because all that food is
sold to other countries to "expand the revolution to other countries..."
Imagine going with your parents to visit your older sisters on Sundays for a few hours in these camps, and imagine if you saw your sisters thin from
lack of proper food, and crying asking your parents to take them back home...
Imagine if after returning from the camps often times your sisters had diarrhea and were always returning with lice and other ailments....
Imagine that you are born in a country where in order for you to buy food you have a "libreta" (ration booklet) which tells you how much food and
other necessities you can buy, and what kind of food you can buy.
Imagine if you go with your mother to a "bodega" (store) to find most of the shelves empty, and if for some miracle there is some food, or other
necessities imagine people fighting to get the first in line.
Imagine if your mother had to decide to get either a bar of soap, or one of the worse toothpastes you could ever find to use for three months per
person in the family, if there is any of either....
Imagine if all children in this country you were born in, could only have milk up to 6 years old. Noone else can have milk unless they have dollars
and have a family member who is a resident/citizen from another country and can take some of their family to a tourist store, or dollar store.
Imagine if you could buy beef only one time a year, and one quarter of a chicken per child until they are 13 years old.
Imagine if you parents, or one of them decides it might be better for you both, or however many will try to, brave the seas in an often home made
boat, and try to leave the shark infested waters of Cuba to make a better life for you and your family.
Imagine if after surviving the shark infested waters of Cuba there is a possibility that you and your family get lost at sea because you don't have
any equipment to help you navigate.
Imagine if most people who try to leave Cuba in this manner die at sea....
You don't believe me?
How about the thousands of people that are right at this moment are demonstrating all over South Florida because they believe castro is dead?....
There are a lot of people that are not sure yet whether or not he is dead, because many times in the past Cubans believed astro was dead or about to
Supposedly castro just gave power to his brother and some of his commanders because he is "supposedly recovering from surgery". I am not so sure
someone at his age could recover from surgery in the stomach, and all Cubans, or most of them, in the U.S., in Cuba and around the world would be
happy the day he dies.
You might not see people in Cuba celebrating, because the regime is opressive, and there are people who for the favours and honors that castro bestows
upon them, would oppress their own people, including members of their own family.
DAVIE, Fla. -- Across South Florida, on the streets, in restaurants and in coffee shops, the air is electrified by the possibility of momentous
change in Cuba, and Cuban-Americans are not the only ones watching.
Even north of Miami, in Davie in Broward County, where the Hispanic population is smaller, the overwhelming feeling is that people want to see the
fall of Fidel Castro's regime.
There are about 800,000 Cubans living in the states, and you will find most of them, if not all, despise the tyrant and his regime.
[edit on 1-8-2006 by Muaddib]