Today is the anniversary of the death of former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. It turned out Cuban dictator Fidel Castro outlived him.
The mass protests in Venezuela have been fueled by students between the ages of 16 and 25. Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez gives us insight that Venezuela’s actions have raised hope among Cubans on the island. Sanchez’s blog is an independent window into current Cuba.
Sanchez tweeted: “#Cuba Official television all day with special screenings for the 1st anniversary of death of Hugo Chavez. #ThereIsNooneWatchingTV”
Raul Castro arrived in Venezuela this morning for a tribute to Chavez. Bolivian President Evo Morales and his Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega are also expected to attend.
Sanchez tweeted: “#Cuba There must be great nervousness in the Plaza of the Revolution in #Havana … #Venezuela is giving them a great surprise.”
When there is a change of regime in Venezuela, the oil shipments and subsidies from Venezuela to Cuba will cease. Communist Cuba will essentially collapse.
Around the time that the world found out Chavez was ill, Sanchez wrote: “In the streets of Havana, people’s whispers go further than the morbose medical conditions, and turn to the worries of tomorrow. A woman, whose face is aged, says to another: ‘If something happens to Chavez, we will face a second Special Period.’ And the emphasis she places on each syllable reminds me of that adolescent savoring the last candy sent from the Soviet Union.”
Sanchez tweeted: “In various nucleus of the Communist Party militants watch a video to prepare them to face a possible ‘loss’ of #Venezuela.”
During her visit to New York last year, Sanchez compared Cuba’s situation to Venezuela’s. She said, “Right now Venezuela is in a state of polarization, of tense social conflict for power, which reminds me a lot of Cuba in the 1960s. It gives me that fright. I was not born yet but I know what was born from that.”