Is there change on the horizon for Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro?

The death of the murderous Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro has put Cuba on the front page of all the headlines recently not because Cuba has finally been liberated but because a man who ruled the country for over 50 years killing anyone that stood in his way and destroying the country has died.

Cuba has not been liberated from the Castro regime that has controlled the island for 57 years and it might not be liberated for quite some time. I want to be optimistic and say that now the Cuban people will rise up and start a revolution to free the country but i know that is not the case.

A person holds a poster printed by the Miami Herald with a headline that reads that the former Cuban President Fidel Castro is dead, outside the restaurant Versailles on November 26, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

“The tyrant is dead, but his tyranny is still alive,” said Rosa María Payá Acevedo President of the Latin American Youth Network for Democracy.

“There is a real danger that we will now fall into the trap of thinking Fidel’s death represents material change in Cuba. It does not,” said Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a Cuban American.

Back in October when Obama continued to ease restrictions on travel and business with Cuba I said that Cuba is “a nation that systematically has impoverished it own people leaving the average Cuban citizen without enough to eat everyday and with no hope to excel in life,” yet Obama was giving the Castro regime anything they wanted without any commitments from the communist regime that there will be positive change for the people on the island. In fact the opposite happened, things got worse.

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President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro attend a Major League Baseball exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team at the Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana on March 22, 2016. (Photo: Michael Reynolds, European Pressphoto Agency)

Cuba has increased its humans rights violations dramatically in the past several years especially since negotiations began with Barack Hussein Obama. In 2015 there was a total of 8,616 Political prisoners and by the end of this year that number is estimated to be around 11,000.

“The Cuban government increased its violations of religious freedom “tenfold” according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, with 2,300 violations in 2015, up from 220 in 2014,” reported The Daily Signal.

“If they succeeded in fragmenting us one day, it would be the beginning of the end. Don’t ever forget this,” said Raul Castro, referring to the possibility of other democratic political parties, other than the Communist party, being permitted on the island.

This just goes to show you that things won’t change anytime soon but those words by Raul Castro show that the Castro regime knows that given a chance for change the Cuban people will throw aside the “revolution” and start one of their own.

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Fidel Castro (R) and his brother Raul Castro, leader of the Cuban Armed Forces, are pictured in Havana in a February 23, 1977 photo. File photo by UP

“Castro died without facing the consequences of his actions, with impunity, but that record cannot be erased and should not be ignored. He is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of more than 97,000 people, a number that accounts for only a part of the documented cases,” said Acevedo.

“If Fidel Castro’s death does not soon lead to a global campaign in favor of liberty and democracy for Cuba, the old tyrant will have scored his first posthumous victory,” said Daniel Mocrate. “Fidel Castro’s death is not an occasion to mourn. It’s an occasion to free Cuba.”

Do i want to see my family’s home country be free from the grasp of the communist regime that has caused so much harm to us and thousands of other families? YES. Do i want to be part of the fight to free the Cuban people? YES.  It’s hard for me to say if I would die to see a true revolution happen in Cuba, but if I knew that I was going to be fighting for true change in Cuba and that after winning the fight the Cuban people would be set free, then I would certainly strap up and fight.

For those who don’t know the story Frank Pais and Jose Antonio Echevarria I suggest you watch the film “Cuba: A Forgotten Revolution.” They were some of true revolutionaries in Cuba who wanted to see a liberated Cuba, and take the power away from the hands of US-backed Dictator Fulgencio Batista. If there are men like that left in Cuba they are either to old to fight, dead or in prison.

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When the news broke out that Fidel Castro had died i was in disbelief yet excited because i knew that for the many Cuban Americans here in the United States there would be some peace now knowing that the man who was responsible for the death and separation of their families was finally gone. Including my own.

As a 24 years old Cuban American, born and raised in Miami, Florida, i have never traveled to Cuba. It’s been over 50 years since my parents have been back to their home country. Our family members were imprisoned for trying to escape the island and many separated never to be seen again. Speaking with my father the other day about family left behind in Cuba he explained to me that walking into a room full of family members in Cuba would be like walking into a room full of strangers.

My grandparents our gone now and didn’t get to the see the day when the man that destroyed their families died, so its up to me to fight for the Cuba they they always wanted, the Cuba they grew up in. A Cuba where you can go to the supermarket and not have to worry if there’s not going to be any food left, a Cuba where you can freely speak your mind as you walk down the street without worry of persecution, a Cuba where you can wake up everyday knowing there is going to be brighter future, a Cuba where we can all be a family again.

Cuban Americans in Miami's Little Havana celebrate the death of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro on November 26, 2016. Cuba's socialist icon and father of his country's revolution Fidel Castro died on November 25 aged 90, after defying the US during a half-century of ironclad rule and surviving the eclipse of global communism. PHOTO: Gaston De Cardenas / AFP
Cuban Americans in Miami’s Little Havana celebrate the death of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro on November 26, 2016. Cuba’s socialist icon and father of his country’s revolution Fidel Castro died on November 25 aged 90, after defying the US during a half-century of ironclad rule and surviving the eclipse of global communism. PHOTO: Gaston De Cardenas / AFP

“A dictator is dead. But his dark, repressive legacy will not automatically follow him to the grave. Change can come to Cuba, but only if America learns from history and prevents Fidel’s successor from playing the same old tricks,” said Cruz.

“Fidel Castro seized power promising to bring freedom and prosperity to Cuba, but his communist regime turned it into an impoverished island prison,” Rubio said in a news release. “Over six decades, millions of Cubans were forced to flee their own country, and those accused of opposing the regime were routinely jailed and even killed.

“Sadly, Fidel Castro’s death does not mean freedom for the Cuban people or justice for the democratic activists, religious leaders, and political opponents he and his brother have jailed and persecuted. The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not. And one thing is clear, history will not absolve Fidel Castro; it will remember him as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people,” Rubio continued.

Although immediate change won’t come to the island, I know that Cuban Americans will use this moment as a starting point for more continuous dialogue for true change on the island. Although we have all the resources to start the revolution for them the Cuban people need to start the new revolution themselves. They need to make the first move but after 57 years of brainwashing the Cuban people, the Castro regime has a done a good job of making sure the majority of the people are more worried about what they are going to eat tomorrow then when they will be set free. 

We need Donald Trump, Mike Pence and the rest of Congress to act fast and make sure there is true regime change in Cuba. We need to do it now.

I want to one day see my family in a liberated Cuba enjoying the beaches with the family we never got to meet. I want the Cuban people to understand that their are people here in the United States that want freedom for them just as much as they want freedom for themselves.

They can’t express that, but we can. I can only hope that one day we can all be a family sharing with them the same freedoms we get to experience here in the United States. I thank God for this country allowing my family to live here because without it I don’t know where we’d be. May God Bless America.


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