The era where Cuba appeared as one of a few countries with internet blackouts is probably over. A few days ago, Venezuela’s democratic opposition and basically Venezuelan youth held what internet and international media called twiterolazo (a sort of “caserolazo” over the social network Twitter). As result, the strident and hysterical president Chavez announced that now “Twitter messages and social networking are terrorist threats”.
So, here you are, our friendly little bird with 140 letters had became a terrorist. A bit far geographically but pretty close ideologically, Iran’s president Ahmadinejad cut off internet today, February 11th, to avoid any report about the journey of protest held by Iranian people asking for Democracy in that restless country.
We don’t talk about North Korea, that secretive place is just in ancient ages: we don’t have any clue what it is going on there, but without any doubt that is a complete fenced country ruled as a farm for his farmer in chief: Kim Yong Il.
In Cuba, Twitter is used mostly for estate agents to spread out the made up face of Castro’ Socialism. With the few significant exceptions of independent bloggers, our Twitter community is living abroad. Cuba doesn’t have the strong social internet movement that Venezuela shows, for obvious reasons: there is no interent for Cubans. For long time, internet has been considered by Cuba’s government a terrorist, and it is out of people’s hands.
Official Cuba holds pages and pages of websites, blogs with official information and blank opinions. It is a weapon in Castro’s hands to demonize dissidents, a few independent bloggers grouped around its iconic figure, Yoani Sanchez, and any single citizen with an independent opinion from the establishment.
The geography spreads out countries and people, but similarities in behaviours and political approaches make Cuba, Iran and Venezuela the perfect asymmetric triangle of the face of the social media: they all shows their totalitarian roots.
For all of them, opinions in Twitter is terrorism, not the imprisonment of human right defenders, dissidents and opponents, not the repression against students in Venezuela, not the organized mobs against defenceless women with flowers in Cuba, not human right activists in Iran.
The dean of this order, Castro, called with haste to Chavez and sent him his henchmen in chief, Ramiro Valdes. There is no time to waste, Venezuela is jumping over the railings of Cuba against internet, but Twitter was the first warning bell for Socialist Chavez. He is well-trained by his Tutor in Chief Castro.
Behind closed doors, they are pulling the threads in Venezuela to blackout that country as Cuba today. The hysterical words of Chavez are warning sounds to Democratic Venezuela. But, yes, Twitter today had been declared... a Terrorist by tyrants.