Saturday, March 24, 2007

Dawn Over Cuba

Havana- While essential services have in many cases broken down, Cuban security services still seem to control the city. Police, Interior Ministry forces, and elements of the Revolutionary Armed Forces patrol different parts of the city. Gangs of pro-regime toughs wandered the city until the early hours, but confronations with police and army formations have apparently dispersed even these. The night apparently saw large numbers of arrests, but the most serious violence involved an army unit which opened fire on a group of advancing demonstrators. At least a dozen are suspected dead.

Santaigo de Cuba- The situation in the city is tense. Army units reportedly refused to fire on protesters during the night, and withdrew from the city in the early morning hours. Demonstrators remain ensconced in the main city square, protesting the Raul Castro regime and demanding democratic transition. There are unconfirmed reports that Raul Castro has no control over units of the armed forces in the Santiago area.

Isolated incidents of violence have been reported elsewhere on the island. In some cases, units of the armed forces seem to have received contradictory orders, some indicating that they should prepare to defend the island from invasion, and others that they should attempt restore order.


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