Transnational criminals

Pedro Corzo

By: Pedro Corzo - 10/05/2024

Guest columnist.
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There are regimes based on such a criminal structure that the response they have for those who oppose them is prison and death, a management in which Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are notably distinguished.

In their criminal activities, the rulers of these countries do not pay attention to the international transgressions they incur in carrying out their task of eliminating those who they consider a threat to their interests, as resulted with the recent kidnapping and murder in Santiago de Chile of the lieutenant in condition retired from the Venezuelan army, Ronald Ojeda.

Officer Ojeda had been granted asylum in Chile since 2018 and had been missing for ten days. He had been taken from his house, where he lived with his wife and his minor son, by a group of criminals at the service of the major assassin Nicolas Maduro.

It is true that the world “is red,” as the unforgettable Francisco Paco Lorenzo would say, however, it is a duty to recognize that the crimes of despostas against their detractors do not go as unnoticed as in the recent past, when impunity was even more notorious. that currently, to the extent that the United States government has warned that Daniel Ortega's regime is intensifying the persecution and attack of its opponents outside of Nicaragua.

Furthermore, there are indications that there is some type of coordination between the police services of these dictatorships to persecute opponents in exile, something similar to the much vaunted Plan or Operation Condor, which, according to leftist organizations, was a criminal project of the right-wing dictatorships in the hemisphere to systematize their repressive acts.

However, the left has shown more creativity, since according to reports it is using Interpol red notices as an element of intimidation and control, to make the travel of activists against it difficult. In this, Cuban totalitarianism has been particularly fruitful because it does not stop accusing its detractors of being terrorists.

Based on the above, we must recognize that times, at least in those aspects, have improved somewhat, although not enough, if we remember the at least four murders ordered by the satrap Rafael Leónidas Trujillo against opponents who lived outside of Santo Domingo, being two of the most notable are that of the writer Andrés Requena, murdered, and that of the writer and jurist Jesús Galíndez, kidnapped in New York and murdered in the Dominican Republic in 1956.

Fidel and Raúl Castro carried out their criminal actions against the exiles who they understood represented a notable danger to their regime.

One of the most emblematic cases was that of Commander Aldo Vera Serafín, who was head of the July 26 movement in the Cuban capital and organized numerous acts of sabotage during his leadership, today known as terrorist actions, just as the movement they commanded styled. the disastrous Castro brothers in the fight against Fulgencio Batista.

Vera Serafín was a man of action, to the extent that he is accused of having participated in the attack against Emilio Aragonés, Castro's ambassador in Argentina at the time, a sufficient reason for Havana to order his assassination on October 26, 1976, executed, according to an exiled former officer of the General Directorate of Intelligence of Cuba, by the Castro regime's special troops division under the command of the executed Colonel Antonio de la Guardia.

There have been several murders and attempted kidnappings organized by the island's totalitarianism, either to neutralize its enemies or simply to punish those who deserted from totalitarianism, as was the case of Vice Minister Manuel Sánchez Pérez whom Havana tried to kidnap in the heart of Madrid. in 1985, under the government of Castro's friend Felipe González. Another death in exile that is blamed on Castroism is that of Captain Jorge Sotus, a brave officer close to Frank País, who refused to comply with the commands of Ernesto Che Guevara.

I remember that in the 1980s, several Venezuelan press outlets published works concerning a journalist who had been involved in attempts to kidnap Dr. Orlando Bosch, accused at that time of having participated in the blowing up of a plane.

It is true that a military dictator like Trujillo is among the initiators of international repression, but the leaders of Castrochavism have left their mark permanently when it comes to transnational crimes.

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