Saturday, March 24, 2007

Situation in Cuba Chaotic

Havana- The city remains in chaos tonight as street battles in different parts of the city have had different outcomes. In some areas groups loyal to President Castro have kept control. In others, police have used non-lethal means to disperse anti-Castro forces. Tragically, however, at least one company of soldiers appears to have opened fire on demonstrators, resulting in multiple fatalities.

In Santiago de Cuba, there are reports that soldiers refused orders from their officers to open fire on unarmed demonstrators. That city appears, at least temporarily, to be under the control of anti-Castro forces. Another rumor indicates that some units have refused re-deployment to urban areas, insisting that they will defend Cuba from external enemies but that they will not allow themselves to be used against the Cuban people.

Raul Castro's purge of the government appears still in process at this late hour, as Executive Secretary of the Council of Minister Carlos Lage Davila was arrested on charges of treason and collaboration with foreign powers less than an hour ago.

Warning!

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