El Cubano de la Isla on Castro

There is a good article on the BBC News site, written by Cuban blogger, El Cubano de la Isla.

As King Raoul prepares to succeed his ailing brother, King Fidel, El Cubano’s sketches the limits of liberty in the Kingdom of Cuba:

Twenty years ago, expressing opinions contrary to those of the government in the street could result in a beating from passers-by.

Today, things are very different. You can say whatever you like in the street without anything happening to you. People have lost that political fanaticism.

But that is only in the street, among the ordinary people. Questioning any official policy or leader in front of an official or policeman is classified as subversion. There is no middle ground – you are either with the government or against it.

Similarly, the internet is completely under state control. The state monopolises 100% of the information that a normal Cuban receives – the internet is seen as a threat to the system.

As a result of these severe restrictions, there are very few bloggers in Cuba.

Most Cuban bloggers, and the people they exchange opinions and comments with, are members of the exile communities outside Cuba.

By having a blog, you are talking openly about certain themes and it can be quite risky.

That is why I use a pseudonym – because it is important for me to be able to say what I believe.

There are voices in the comments box at Harry’s Place who hold the Cuban monarchy in such high regard, that they believe that people like El Cubano de la Isla are dangerous ‘counter-revolutionaries’, who deserve imprisonment.