Facts About Cuba’s Dictatorship
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was the best ally of Mengistu Haile Mariam,who was dictator of Ethiopia from 1974 to 1991. During this period of time, Fidel Castro Ruz sent 4000 soldiers to Ethiopia. Thousands of people were killed by Cuban soldiers, many of them reportedly extra judicially executed when unarmed or after having been captured.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Fidel Castro is the worst violator of human rights in the Third World today.The Cuban dictatorship has curtailed the republic´s free press and banned strikes. Critics and opponents of the government, including journalists, human rights activists and members of opposition political parties, are arrested and some are convicted and imprisoned. Fidel Castro claims that demonstrations against him are led “subversives” and people under the influence of the United States.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Cuba had one of the most famous sportsmen in the Third World: José Ariel Contreras.Like Sammy Sosa (Dominican Republic) and Livan Hernández (Cuba), he is now recognized as a symbol of Latin American baseball. For political reasons, he escaped from Cuba and now lives in the United States.Certainly, José Ariel Contreras has became an icon for the Cuban exile community..
DID YOU KNOW THAT…The photographer Cristobal Herrera Ulashkevich was forced to leave Cuba. Why? Because he captured two crucial images of Castro´s health slide:his fainting spell while making a speech in 2001 and his dramatic fall another speech in October 2004.Cristobal Herrera once said, “I am condemned to forced exile. The Cuban government barred me from returning to my country,without explanations.We had no other option left.This is the price for doing photojournalist in Cuba”.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Fidel Castro´s Latin American allies (Brazil,Argentina,Panama,Guyana and Haiti) privately expressed dismay over Cuban excesses but insisted that they can not interfere in the internal affairs of Cuba.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…The Cuban dictatorship have destroyed traditional Cuban society, culture,and systems, in an attempt to build a communist society.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…More than 200 world-class athletes have defected from Cuba: Magaly Carvajal Rivera (volleyball player),Yamile Aldama (sportswoman), Regla Bell McKenzie (volleyball player), Taimaris Aguero (volleyball player), Joel Casamayor Johnson (boxer ),José Ariel Contreras Camejo (baseball player), Orlando Hernández Pedroso (baseball player),Giorbis Barthelemy (boxer),Ramón Garbey (boxer), Ramón Gato (volleyball player),Andrés Gilbert (basketball player), Ihosvany Hernández (volleyball player), Dulce Tellez (volleyball player), Ruperto Herrera (basketball player), Leonel Marshall (volleyball player)…
DID YOU KNOW THAT…From 1962 to 1992, Cuba received billions of dollars in aid from the USSR(currently Russia).
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Fidel Castro receives continued support and aid from Venezuela. The evalue of Venezuelan oil subsidies to the Cuban dictatorship climbed past $ 3 million in 2006…
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Like Mario Vargas Llosa (Peruvian writer),Jorge Batlle Ibañez (former president of Uruguay),Oscar Arias Sánchez (currently president of Costa Rica), Lászlo Sólyom (currently president of Hungary), Vaclav Havel, who was president of the Czech Republic( 1993-2003), is well-known for his fight against the dictatorship of Fidel Castro Ruz.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Cuba does not have diplomatic relations with the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, South Korea, El Salvador, Israel and the United States.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Cuba has one of the most serious human rights problems in the world today. Like North Korea (communist dictatorship), Myanmar (military dictatorship), Zimbabwe (military dictatorship) and Sudan (terrorist state), Cuba always refuses to cooperate with human rights groups.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Cuba suppled arms to Venezuela.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…In the 1970s and 1980s, Cuba sent troops to Africa (Angola, Ethiopia,Namibia,Somalia,Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Congo, Mozambique and Guinea). At least 5000 Cubans soldiers were killed in Africa.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…In 1996, Cuban olympic boxing champions Yan Bartelemi Varela, Odlanier Solis and Yuiorkis Gamboa Toledano abandoned the national team during a trip to practice in Caracas (Venezuela).
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Cuba maintains excellent diplomatic relations with Venezuela (military dictatorship), North Korea (terrorist state), Equatorial Guinea (military dictatorship), Iran (terrorist state), Zimbabwe (socialist dictatorship), Libya (military dictatorship), Sudan (terrorist state) and Myanmar (military dictatorship).
DID YOU KNOW THAT…The most common joke in Cuba is, “Would the last person to leave the country please turn off the lights”.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Cuba does not have first lady since 2007.Vilma Espín Guillois was the last first lady of the Cuban revolution.She was president of the Federation of Cuban Women (1960-2007).She died of cancer on June 18, 2007.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…In January 2007, Cecilia Guevara March, the daughter of revolutionary leader Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, has become an Argentine citizen after many years of living in Havana. She is a marine biologist. Cecilia Guevara was born in 1963, in Cuba, daughter of Ernesto Guevara and Aleida March.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz spends most of his time writing essays about Cuban revolution, Iraq war, sporting defections, and the United States.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…In the 1970s, Cuba has had good relations with Argentina.During this period of time,Argentina was a military dictatorship ruled by Jorge Rafael Videla.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Like Mao Tse-tung (Chinese dictator), Enver Hoxha (Albanian dictator) and Pol Pot (Cambodian dictator), Fidel Castro is rarely seen without the green military fatigues that have helped make him a revolutionary symbol.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…In 2006, Helena Houdova, who was Miss Czech Republic 1999, slipped into the island and took photos of Cuban slums.However, she was detained by the Cuban secret police.She said, “The revolution´s watchmen rose up because I was taking pictures of something they do not like”.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…The per capita on the island isn’t even US$ 1,560, making it one of the poorest areas on Earth.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…In the past century, Cuba had good relations with Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia (currently Czech Republic and Slovak Republic), Poland, Hungary, East Germany (currently Germany), Romania, Ethiopia, Benin, Guyana, Iraq, Iran, India, Mozambique, Yugoslavia and Tanzania.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…One of the Cuba´s longest-serving political prisoners,Francisco Chaviano, who was chairman of the Cuban Civil Rights, was released in August 2007.He said: “I spent five years stuck in a cell without seeing the sun, two years without receiving visitors and four years without conjugal visits”.Since then he has continued to criticise the Cuban dictatorship, risking imprisonment and even death.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Only one political party-the Cuban Communist Party (PCC)- is allowed to operate in Cuba.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…In Cuba the divorce rate has doubled in the last ten years.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…Fidel Castro Ruz lives in Havana with his wife, Dalia Soto del Valle, and his five sons: Alex, Alexis, Alejandro, Antonio and Ángel.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…In the 1970s and 1980s, Cuba did not have diplomatic relations with Albania (communist state until 1991).