Raúl Guillermo Rodríguez Castro, better known as “El Cangrejo”, is one of the people who, without using the olive green authentic that has marked the image of his grandfather Raúl Castro, has enjoyed the honeys that the communist dictatorship has given in Cuba, since this small group under the command of Fidel Castro entrenched itself in power more than 60 years ago.
Since the arrival of the Castros to power, misery has enveloped Cuba in countless aspects. Examples are plenty. today the minimum salary in Cuba is around 16 dollars a month, on the island. These incomes, which are fateful, are not only in the private sector, in the case of a public employee, they can earn less than 50 dollars a month. It is the reality of the majority. However, the caste of the “royal family” lives a different reality and Raúl Guillermo can demonstrate it.
Raúl’s favorite grandson has not skimped on showing the opulence that he enjoys. He attends luxury weddings, parties, trips, sumptuous walks in front of the skyscrapers of the bay in Miami. In turn, lucrative businesses and exquisite meals abound among his extravagances. This is how the exiled journalist Mario Pentón denounces it, who states that this scion is part of an elite of children and grandchildren of Cuban rulers. And that the assets they enjoy are the result of what was expropriated.
Debunking the “blockade” myth
Defenders of the communist regime commonly assert that the poverty that exists in Cuba is due to the so-called “blockade” of the United States, which according to them has existed for several decades. What remains unclear, however, is that this narrative is a fallacy. On the contrary, Cuba receives all kinds of loans (which it does not repay) and international financing from its ideological allies.
Moreover, while Luiz Inázio Lula Da Silva was in power in Brazil, Odebrecht (involved in corruption scandals) built infrastructure on the island with the money of the Brazilians. And the South American country functioned as guarantor and payer of Cuba’s debts to international lenders. That ended with Jair Bolsonaro in power.
What does exist is an embargo, which occurred as a result of the assets collected by the regime in the name of the “redistribution of wealth” of the socialist revolution. In it he expropriated the Cubans forced into exile. Today the grandchildren of the revolution live in luxury as a consequence, but nothing was distributed to the people.
Now the descendants of the leaders of the revolution “enjoy the loot stolen by their ancestors from the people of Cuba, a privilege of this caste of heirs to power while Cuba lives mired in blackouts and misery,” according to Penton’s complaints.
Raul’s favorite grandson is the third most powerful man in Cuba
After Fidel’s death, Raúl positioned himself as the most powerful man in Cuba. He later placed Miguel Díaz-Canel to give Cubans a false sense of democracy and alternation, since there is still only one legal party, the communist. The other political factions or the dissidence, in such a case, tend to be the object of persecution. With his grandfather in power and his father deceased, Raúl Guillermo Rodríguez Castro became the third most powerful man on the island. He is the son of Raúl’s eldest daughter: Débora Castro Espín. His grandfather’s namesake is head of his personal escort.
His father, Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, was the one who designed the business structure that allows the Cuban military to circumvent the United States embargo.
Unlike other nations, where the priority of the Armed Forces is to protect the population from an external threat, in Cuba, its first function is to control the civilian population. A key part of that control is that the soldiers are in charge of the economy through the Minint, the Ministry of the Interior. In turn, it feeds on the agricultural production in charge of the Agricultural Military Union. In other words, the repressive forces are the ones that control the Cuban economy.
With the money expropriated from Cubans by the guerrillas turned military, the luxuries of Raúl Castro’s grandson are financed. Of him, his cousins, and the entire caste functional to the regime that has impoverished Cubans for more than half a century.