Erasmo Calzadilla

jOSE dARIELHAVANA TIMES — Some days ago, I watched a video showing an anti-government protest (and the subsequent public reprisal) staged by the Union Patriotica de Cuba (Cuban Patriotic Union, or UNPACU). I was positively impressed by the civility, intelligence and courage shown by the members of this organization, even under the direct verbal aggression – an aggression that threatened to become physical at any point – and the intolerance spurred on by the Cuban Communist Party.

Moved and angered by these events, I wrote a post in support of UNPACU. After being congratulated by commentators such as Jorgealejandro and Marlene Azor, however, I began to suspect that something was not entirely right. After searching through my own hard-drives, I found enough information to become disconcerted.

In his article Cuba: “The New Fields of the Political Opposition”, Haroldo Dilla writes that UNPACU demands a return to Cuba’s original revolutionary program and maintains “strong ties to organizations of Cuban émigrés, such as the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF), referred to as its formal counterpart by the financing programs of the US government.”

What? Is it is possible to demand a return to Cuba’s original revolutionary program while maintaining strong ties to the CANF? These people are going to fry my brain.

What I was able to extract about the CANF from my beloved Wikipedia helped me arrive at a conclusion. Here are some fragments of information:

• Its founders were members of Fulgencio Batista’s government
• Some were CIA agents and members of terrorist groups opposed to the revolution.
• In Nicaragua and Angola, they supported the counter-revolution.
• They financed terrorist Luis Posada Carriles’ escape from Venezuela, where he had been imprisoned for the bombing of a Cuban commercial airliner in Barbados.
• They supported the Torricelli and Helms-Burton Acts, that is, they support the US economic blockade on Cuba.

If it is true that UNPACU maintains such ties with the CANF and its popular demands are merely part of their political game, a mere performance, then we should take the initiative away from the brainless Communist Party militants and give this cocky lot a piece of our own minds.

Perhaps they are merely confused. Perhaps they have no access to Wikipedia or to Haroldo Dilla’s articles. I may also be the one who hasn’t gotten his bearings here. At any rate, I urge them to break all ties with such dangerous and macabre friends. Only then will they have the moral authority and the popular support needed to impel positive change in this country.


Erasmo Calzadilla

Erasmo Calzadilla: I find it difficult to introduce myself in public. I've tried many times but it doesn’t flow. I’m more less how I appear in my posts, add some unpresentable qualities and stir; that should do for a first approach. If you want to dig a little deeper, ask me for an appointment and wait for a reply.

47 thoughts on “On Cuba’s Right-Wing Opposition

  • On your false claim that any dissident that thinks the embargo should be lifted wants that “immediate and unconditional” this quote may enlighten you:

    “Further steps by President Obama would help the Cuban people, civil society and dissidents. It is not just a matter of discussing whether to have an embargo, although the embargo must be lifted, but of making the appropriate decisions at the right time.

    Bottom line: the “right time” depends on how the Cuban regime reacts and acts.

    Source: The Cuban Journalist Miriam Leiva Writes About Relations With the U.S. – NYTimes.com – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/18/opinion/the-cuban-journalist-miriam-leiva-writes-about-relations-with-the-us.html?_r=0

  • Being “against the embargo” means she wanted all US sanctions lifted immediately and unconditionally. Just like the UN, human rights groups like Amnesty International and most of her fellow “dissidents.” Deal with it. The US regime is on the wrong side of history on this one.

  • Everyone in the dissident movement wants an end to the Castro regime and the embargo.
    Preferably at the same time.
    Contacts with the US are possible now via the P2P travel. that satisfied what she wanted. She never wanted all sanctions to end without Cuba changing.

  • It is nice to see that you now admit that there are more than “3 to 6” real dissidents in Cuba as you claimed in the past.
    The Cuban dissident movement has varied opinions about the trade sanctions but a unified opinion about the Castro dictatorship: that has to end.
    You are trying to exploit temporal differences in the “how” to remove that dictatorship while rejecting the “why” of their views.
    Have you ever looked at the 492 signatories? A man that denied that there are even more than 6 dissidents can hardly consider the opinion of hundreds of them relevant I guess.
    Antunez signed. Top of the top.
    Farinas supports sanctions. Another top member of the “who’s who”.
    Others whose names you abuse support and end to the embargo but not “immediate and unconditional” as you falsely claim.
    The reality is: all dissidents, the thousands of them, support an end to the CAstro dictatorship but as a democratic movement the debate the how to do it.
    You just abuse their words for the exact opposite they want.

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