Friday, March 23, 2007

Breaking News: Raul Castro Assumes Power, Makes Statement

Ending hours of speculation, Acting President Raul Castro, brother of the late President Fidel Castro, has assumed power and made a statement on Cuban television.
We will protect our Revolution not only from foreign foes but from domestic. Enemies of the Revolution, enemies of Cuba, lurk even in Havana, and even in some of our government ministries. I swear to you that they will be rooted out before they can collaborate with foreigners and steal away with our independence. At this moment all of Cuba wishes to mourn; I understand this as well as anyone. But we must be strong, for the Yankees and the counter-revolutionaries sense that this is their opportunity, their chance to destroy the Revolution and render Cuba subservient once again. Have no doubt that we shall be strong.

The statement came immediately prior to a statement by the American ambassador to the Organization of American States that Raul Castro had died, only hours after the death of his brother. The United States has as of yet offered no explanation for this apparent inconsistency.

The situation in Cuba, however, remains tense. Reports indicate unrest across the country, and Cuban dissident groups are planning protests in Havana itself. President Raul Castro's statement regarding enemies within government ministries may indicate that a succession struggle developed over the course of the day.


This is part of a foreign policy simulation for the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. The events depicted are not actually happening.