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Last Thursday, December 16, the seminar ¿Hacia dónde va Cuba? (Where is Cuba headed?) was held at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora in the city of Miami, with the participation of different academics, journalists and political activists.
The program began at 5 p.m. local time, with remarks by Frank Zimmerman, director of the Latin American Center for Federalism and Liberty, who made a short introduction about the event, and added what Fidel Castro announced since the beginning of his movement: “Inside the revolution everything, outside the revolution, nothing.”
Among the participants of the event were also María Werlau, director of Archivo Cuba; Enrique García, former intelligence officer of Castroism who defected a couple of decades ago; Juan Bautista Yofre, Argentine journalist and writer; as well as Cuban activist Eliecer Ávila, the director of the video Patria y vida, Asiel Babastro, political scientist Gloria Álvarez, among others.
The secrets of Cuban intelligence
Enrique García during his talk told several anecdotes about the intelligence of the Cuban revolution, narrating the way in which packages of money were bought by undercover agents in different countries of Latin America.
In particular, he spoke of the Bolivian diplomat Marcial Tamayo Saenz, who became the direct link between the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the government of Ronald Reagan. According to Garcia, Castroism paid Saenz $5,000 dollars every month in order to receive intelligence reports from him and to overturn votes in the UN in favor of Cuba.
García also said that the last country where he was on a mission before leaving the intelligence of the Communist Party of Cuba was Ecuador, and added that he was part of the operation in which they bought different Ecuadorian politicians who were in the upper echelons of power, among them Abdalá Bucaram, who would later become president of Ecuador and who received constant payments from Castroism.
The inefficiency of international organizations
About the inefficiency of international organizations, activist Eliécer Avila spoke, explaining how he was indoctrinated by the Communist Party during his childhood, and added that when he reached adulthood he discovered all the lies of Castroism.
After settling in the United States, Avila began to carry out intense activism to dismantle the fallacies of the Cuban regime, and explained that he has been disappointed by the international organizations that he claims are paid by taxpayers’ money from all over the world, and do not do any work to rescue countries mired in totalitarianism, as is the case of Cuba or Venezuela.
“I have a huge doubt, what is the use of the United Nations, the IACHR, the International Criminal Court, which say that they are going to investigate what is happening in Venezuela, but that they do not intend a change of regime, or anything like that. That it is to document. Well it takes three years to document, how many salaries are there in three years? Well, a pile, who pays the salaries of these people? All of us.”
Avila also criticized the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet: “I was really shocked when I heard Mrs. Bachelet say that she had verified at least 22 extrajudicial executions, which is a nice name for murder, in Venezuela, and two lines later in her report she says that she also congratulates the government of Maduro for its efforts in controlling the pandemic. How can you congratulate a murderer?”
Finally, the political scientist Gloria Alvarez, referred that she had devised a way to make a peaceful revolution in Cuba, which consisted in taking a boat full of food and medicines to the island, to challenge the Cuban authorities and observe what their reaction would be.