Very quietly, they reject Fidel CastroRead the rest [here].
Children of the Cuban regime's ruling class who have emigrated to Spain find they must keep a lid on any dissenting views so they can continue to visit relatives on the island.
BY GUY HEDGECOE
Special to The Miami Herald
MADRID - They are the sons and daughters of Cuba's ruling class, living in Spain but keeping a low profile so that Fidel Castro's government will let them return home for visits.
They are known as quedaditos, which means ''those who stayed'' but implies the under-the-radar lives they lead to avoid the whiff of dissidence that might stick to their decision to live outside the communist system.
''If you say something here, over there in Cuba they'll find out and you'll never see your family again,'' said a Cuban lawyer in her 30s who lives in Madrid. 'For example, if you put in the newspaper my name and quote me saying, `Cuba is a load of crap,' if that's published, they'll say: 'You said what? You're never going back to Cuba again.' ''
So the quedaditos try to live quiet lives and remain largely unknown outside the close-knit group of Cubans in their same situation.
Some are critical of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Others just want to get away from the island's intense politics. Others want to do business, without Cuba's draconian controls. But for all, unlike Miami, living in Spain does not immediately point to dissidence and the end of their possibility of frequently visiting the island.
There's Agustín Valdés, the son of the former Cuban interior minister and notorious hard-liner Ramiro Valdés, who has lived in Madrid for the past eight years, forging a career as a painter.
Javier Leal, the son of Eusebio Leal Spengler, who heads the Historian's Office of the City of Havana, runs a travel agency and an art gallery in Barcelona, selling the looted art confiscated from Cuban families (em).
Saturday, June 17, 2006
You can't say, "Cuba es una mierda"
Because the sons and daughters of Cubans, Cubans that hold very important positions in the castro regime will never be able to visit or see their family again on the island. It is utterly amazing the culture of duplicity that castro has created for the Cuban people. Just like medicine and doctors are exported all over the world making castro the darling of the third world and of the idiots of the first world,while at home on the island the people don't even have an aspirin to comfort a simple muscle ache or a headache. But shame to those who are outside the island living a comfortable life, support castro in public, and in private detest him. They want to have their cake and eat too, on the backs of their brethren.