Panic broke out at the top of Cuban power last Sunday, July 11, when protests erupted violently in Havana. The images of the riots in front of the Capitol are going around the world and the Cuban Government verifies with helplessness that the internet court On the island, it is unable to stop the protesters because young people use virtual private networks (VPNs) to circumvent censorship.
The military meet urgently in the Security Council with Rául at the head and without the participation of the president Miguel Diaz-Canel, who have been removed from the middle by sending him to the streets of San Antonio de los Baños to calm the spirits of the population. The ‘hitchhiker’, as the military calls the president disparagingly, is booed, his bodyguards pushed, and the president consumes what little capital he had during those days.
In those Security Council meetings there are scenes of tension with screams, discussions, disagreements and resignations that had never been experienced in the upper echelons of Cuban power. Faced with the impossibility of agreeing on the measures to be taken to stop the protests, and given that the youngest generals of the Army and the PNR (National Revolutionary Police) refuse to use force against the civilian population, the military personnel closest to Raúl and the secret services implement the escape plan that they always have prepared for highly dangerous situations that affect the security of Raul castro. The old leader, who is 90 years old and receiving treatment for his cancer of the esophagus and rectum, also suffers from chronic liver cirrhosis from his long-standing addiction to alcohol.
South Africa, the most feasible option
The secret services, created by an old group of Galicians and Canaries trained by the Stasi and the KGB, have the Ilyushin Il-96 ready at the small civil airport of Baracoa. The most logical destination would be Venezuela, but perhaps because of this and other aspects considered in an emergency analysis, they decide that the most feasible option is South Africa.
The long-range, wide-body Il-96 can get there with no problem. South Africa does not have an extradition treaty with Cuba, the hierarchs of the regime have businesses worth hundreds of millions of dollars in that country: in fact Lopez Calleja, the lord and master of Gaesa, the conglomerate of state-owned companies, was in South Africa just over a month and a half ago. In addition, there they have old friends who owe him favors since the time of the Angolan war. A few hours later, as soon as the government regained control of the internet using its cyberclavias and the military regained control of the streets with the rapid deployment of the three armies and the brutal repression with military material, the escape plan was deactivated.
The revolt for freedom in Cuba has so far left hundreds of detainees and an unknown number of dead and wounded. And that the military did not get to take to the streets the battle tanks that they had ready in the Forest of Havana, a beautiful metropolitan park of 700 hectares in the capital.