There has been a big push in the media this past month to report on the protests in Cuba as a spontaneous uprising against Communism.
This narrative can’t be further than the truth. Even stranger is the bedfellows that the Cuban situation has created. Here’s the true story of the Cuban protest movement.
“My people need Europe, my people need Europe to point out the abuser,” Yotuel, a Spain-based Cuban rapper, proclaimed in an EU parliament event convened by right-wing legislators before handing the mic over to Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaidó. Days later, Yotuel held a Zoom call with State Department officials to discuss “Patria y Vida,” the anti-communist rap anthem he helped author…
Besides Yotuel, two rappers who collaborated on the song are among a collection of artists, musicians and writers called the San Isidro Movement. This collective has been credited by US media with “providing a catalyst for the current unrest…”
By basing itself in a largely Afro-Cuban area of Old Havana and working through mediums like hip-hop, San Isidro has also maneuvered to upend the racially progressive image Cuba’s leftist government earned through its historic military campaign against apartheid South Africa and the asylum it offered to Black American dissidents. Here, the San Isidro Movement appears to be following a blueprint articulated by the US regime change lobby.
Over the past decade, the US government has spent millions of dollars to cultivate anti-government Cuban rappers, rock musicians, artists, and journalists in an explicit bid to weaponize “desocialized and marginalized youth.”
This US-sponsored “San Isidro Movement” is named after the Patron Saint of the Internet, Saint Isidore of Seville, who was a converted Jew who ended up becoming a highly prominent Catholic scholar.
The US government has been using music, film, media, and the culture industry more generally as geopolitical tools for a long time. Manipulating countries’ social structure and “marginalized minorities” is a longstanding tactic as well, and both are mixed here. Look back at the Chechens in Russia, Uyghurs in China, Kurds in Syria and Iraq, and homosexuals and Blacks in the United States: any minority group that has a grievance against wider society can be used to destabilize a regime.
Where does the Church stand on this?
Since demonstrations swept across Cuba on June 11, a parade of U.S. politicians, foreign nations and even pop stars have spoken up with gusto in support of the anti-communist protests and against the island-nation’s authoritarian government and its crackdowns. But one voice has been comparably limited: Pope Francis’.
Just once since the demonstrations began has the Holy Father publicly addressed the political crisis in Cuba — a country where the majority of people are baptized Catholics despite more than 60 years of communist rule — and then only briefly. At his July 18 Angelus address, his first public appearance following a minor surgery, the Holy Father expressed his closeness to the Cuban people “in these difficult moments.”
“I pray that the Lord might help the nation construct a society that is more and more just and fraternal through peace, dialogue and solidarity,” said Pope Francis, before urging all Cubans to entrust themselves to Our Lady of Charity, Cuba’s patroness.”
So, we have the usual false dichotomy between Communist tyranny on the Left, and “religious liberty” on the Right. The situation is obviously complicated by Pope Francis’ associations with Latin American “liberation theology,” and Cuba’s sponsorship of movements of that kind in Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Paraguay, among others.
What isn’t mentioned is the Social Kingship of Christ, the obviously overwhelming Catholic character of Cuba, and the reasonability of a Catholic government to supplement it, or the need for the apostate regime in that country, and in the US whose intelligence services have sponsored these protests, to convert to the Faith.
Pray for Cuba.
Immaculate Conception, ora pro nobis!