The Cuban Guaidó Wannabe

By Volker Hermsdorf on November 30, 2021

Yunior flies to Madrid to join the rest of the imperial wannabes and leaves his little group behind

Cuban opponent of the system, Yunior García Aguilera, has announced a “strategic alliance” of opposition forces in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. This “alliance” of activists “confronting the same dictatorship” could help “change the reality in Cuba”, he declared in a report published by the Europa Press news agency on Saturday. After meeting with representatives of Spain’s fascist Vox party and the post-Franco Popular Party (PP), the co-founder of the “Archipelago” platform, who landed in Madrid on November 18, also met late last week with right-wing opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, who fled Venezuelan justice to Spain a year ago.

The connection with López, responsible for numerous deaths at roadblocks, the so-called guarimbas, in Venezuela in 2014, would allow “to better understand the play” that García “wanted to stage in Cuba,” the Cuban portal Cubadebate commented on Sunday. López was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison in 2015 for incitement to violence. After escaping house arrest and participating in a failed coup attempt in April 2019, he illegally disappeared from the country in October last year in a camouflage operation with the support of the Spanish embassy. Since then, he and his father, Leopoldo Lopez Gil, a PP MEP, have pushed for the EU to tighten sanctions against Venezuela.

Garcia’s departure was also organized by Spanish diplomats. The hitherto unknown playwright has been increasingly present in the Western media in recent weeks as the “main initiator of the new mass protests” in Cuba. When the “nationwide demonstrations” announced for November 15 did not take place due to lack of anyone showing up, Garcia left for Spain a day later to – as he put it – “gather new forces.” The photos documenting the alleged opponent persecution by the system showed him walking unhindered with a large suitcase on wheels through Terminal 3 of Havana’s José Martí airport disproved false reports that García was under “house arrest”.

After his arrival in Madrid, the new darling of dissidence was received by Vox and PP politicians, among others. In September, and before that in July, both parties had pushed for a break in the dialogue between Brussels and Cuba and had demanded sanctions against the socialist republic. The corresponding motions had been formulated by López Gil, among others.

On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also categorically rejected a dialogue with the Cuban government. “On every occasion, the regime squandered the opportunity for dialogue, doubling down on a bankrupt ideology and a failed economic system that cannot meet the basic needs of Cubans,” the U.S. state propaganda channel Radio and TV Martí quoted Blinken as saying in a statement.

Like Juan Guaidó, who named himself interim president of Venezuela with Washington’s support, García threatens to become another tragicomic pawn of US strategists. And like Guaidó, he misjudges his role. In Cuba he felt “like a Jew in Nazi Germany”, he explained in an interview to the Spanish newspaper “El Mundo” on November 18. However, he said he would return there to “fulfill his mission”, as quoted by Reuters on the same day. Garcia revealed on Saturday to the Spanish digital newspaper “The Objective” that his objective was not “to go down in history, to get a street or a marble statue in a park, but to change things”.

Source: La Pupilia Insomne, translation Resumen Latinoamericano – English