[News] Former Cuban Intelligence Chief Sees Cuban Revolution in Danger, Calls for Action

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  Former Cuban Intelligence Chief Sees Cuban Revolution in Danger, Calls
  for Action

      By W. T. Whitney Jr.

/September 25, 2021/

Fabian Escalante was a founder of Cuba’s state security services. He 
served as head of Cuba’s Department of State Security in 1976 -1996, 
also as vice-minister of the Interior Ministry. He headed the Cuban 
Security Studies Center after 1993*. *In short, his views on threats 
from the U.S. government and Cuba’s internal opposition carry weight.

Specifically, _“the internal counterrevolution 
<https://lapupilainsomne.wordpress.com/2021/09/23/mas-sobre-la-actualidad-cubana-parte-ii-por-fabian-escalante-font/>_ is 
reorganizing its forces and is on the offensive.” They are “calling for 
a ‘national strike’ for October 11 … to secure the ‘liberation of 
political prisoners.’”  Afterwards, Escalante insists, “a group of 
‘activists,’ presumably counterrevolutionaries,” will be seeking 
authorization from Havana municipal authorities “for a peaceful march 
against ‘violence’ in November.” That’s when Cuba will be welcoming 
international tourists, excluded since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.

Escalante cites a fringe Miami-media story portraying the march as 
“against violence, and in favor of the rights of all Cubans being 
respected, the liberation of political prisoners, and solving 
differences democratically and peacefully.” Similar news sources, he 
claims, are saying that marches will take place throughout the country 
in accordance with the constitutional right to “public protest.”

Presently, he points out, “lies and half-truths, swarming around via 
social media, are disparaging government leaders, especially Cuban 
president Miguel Diaz-Canel. Accusations center on “failing to improve 
living conditions in deprived, vulnerable urban districts.”

In Miami, “a sector of the Cuban community, manipulated by 
fundamentalist congresspersons Marco Rubio, María Elvira Salazar and 
their acolytes, are readying their weapons, coordinating and paying 
local peons.” These are “in close touch with counterparts on the island 
and will assist in creating an environment of social destabilization.”

That U.S. government money, under Democratic and Republican 
administrations alike, pays for counter-revolutionary activity in Cuba 
remains a fact <https://cubamoneyproject.com/2021/07/03/usaid-5/>, 
according to journalist Tracey Eaton: “The U.S. Agency for International 
Development is offering up to $2 million for new democracy-promotion 
programs in Cuba. USAID’s goals are to: “Advance the effectiveness of 
independent civil society groups … [and to] Develop broader coalitions 
to expand civil society’s impact.”

In July, the House Appropriations Committee “approved 
<https://cubamoneyproject.com/2021/07/21/budget/> a bill that would 
authorize the State Department to spend $20 million on democracy 
promotion projects in Cuba during fiscal 2022 … Nearly half the money – 
$9.98 million – would go toward civil society; $4.78 million would be 
spent on independent media and free flow of information and $5.24 
million would be used to promote human rights.”

Likewise in July, Miami congressperson Mario Diaz-Balart _issued 
<https://cubamoneyproject.com/2021/07/21/budget/>_ a statement praising 
“the many activists who have suffered or perished for simply daring to 
speak against the regime.” He had just introduced a resolution seeking 
international support for counterrevolution in Cuba.

Escalante, the former top leader of state security in Cuba, is alarmed. 
He declares that, ‘In circumstances like those at present – pandemic, 
escalation of the blockade, scarcities etc. – we must not underestimate 
the enemy and if we want to upgrade the impasse (“/elevar la parada/, as 
they say in my barrio”), we must accept the challenge, with MORE 
REVOLUTION as Fidel taught us.”

Escante calls for mass action, “local political and patriotic 
mobilizations.” And, “we will do what we know to do, which is to 
mobilize the people.” He would “strengthen the bases of our 
organizations with ‘new ideas [and] with**concepts that go beyond the 
frequently repeated ‘change in style and working methods.’”

He calls upon “communists occupying the superstructure to come down … to 
organizations at the base and to other area-based centers … in order to 
dialog and hear about conflicts and local necessities and [then] 
undertake a counter-offensive.”   Escalante wants Communist leaders to 
engage similarly with other revolutionary forces.”

He believes that the “enemy of humanity, the U.S. government … is 
preparing to offer the final blow to the Revolution.” He suggests that 
the Biden administration is counting on Cuba’s supposed weakness and 
that it seeks a “consolation prize” in view of recent U.S. defeats. Now, 
therefore,* “*The street belongs to the revolutionaries, as Díaz Canel 
has alerted us.”

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