The fact is that despite Castro's errors on one thing or another, he is still the most ethical and humane world leader. Just look at his latest article on the Roma:
My reply to Marxmail, which Louis moderates :
Yes, Fidel is one of the most ethical leaders in history, isn't he ? Sending 30 000 people to re-education camps, internationally opposing a world-wide moratorium on the death penalty, decreeing that "the total fusion of State and society" must be achieved through the MNIR (Police), placing CDR spies at every level of society, that's ethical, that's Socialist. In Cuba, opposition to Fidel is simply outlawed by the constitution. According to article 144 of the Penal Code (desacato), you can be sent to prison for 3 months for "disrepect" if you verbally slander or insult the dignity of an official of the Communist Party. According to article 208 (asociation ilicita), you can get sent to prison for up to a year for participating in a meeting that has not been authorized. According to article 103 ("propaganda enemiga"), you can get sent to prison for 8 years for verbally disseminating "ennemy propaganda", the exact definition of which is voluntarily not provided (so that it can be used as a "catch all" repressive law). According to article 115 (crime of difusión de falsas informaciones contra la paz internacional, or "dissemination of false information against international peace."), anyone who spreads "false news with the aim of putting in danger the prestige of the Cuban State" can be imprisoned for up to four years. Articles 72-90, which define the crime of peligrosidad, or "dangerousness." These articles come under the heading, "The Dangerous Status and Security Measures," a section of the Penal Code under which someone can be sentenced for up to four years in prison on the grounds that the authorities believe the individual has a "special proclivity" to commit crimes, even though he or she might not have actually committed a crime. These articles broadly define "dangerous" people as those who act in a manner that contradicts "morality", "are lazy" or "engage in anti-social behavior." Fidel's Cuba is the most ethical place imaginable. Despite those nasty reports by former political prisoners that describe the daily beatings, starvation rations and despair in the re-education camps. Why, people who disseminate such lies should be imprisoned for "dissemination of false information with the aim of putting in danger the prestige of Cuba". Yes, Cuba is an example of workers' emancipation. Reports that the corrupt nomenklatura control workers through fear and violence are again ill-informed. We all know, and it is the common perception on this list, that the Cuban revolution should be defended for it is a place where Socialism is strong and vibrant. I don't want to be unsubbed from this list (although it's better than a stint in prison), so I will go-along with the general sentiment regarding Cuba, and post no more "enemy propaganda" and "false information with the aim of putting in danger the prestige of Cuba".
|Presidio Prison, where up to 8 000 Cuban dissidents were imprisoned in the 60s. It was a "model prison" built on a panoptical design under Batista.|