Cuba and Libya fear rebellion InternetEsperanza Hernandez
Rebellions Egyptian and Tunisian governments bring autocratic head. Citizens have been coordinated through the Internet, is a topic that does not like the dictators of the century ... Sure are sorry for being born in an age where information and communication are our daily bread.
Tomorrow Thursday is convened in Libya the "Day of Rage" against the regime Muammar Gaddafi, On the eve of which the country's security forces have arrested several cyber. Meanwhile, Gaddafi himself has warned the public against the use of Facebook, as denounced by the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Because in his view social networks are part of an "imperialist conspiracy."
Many scholars have expressed Libyans through social networks "satisfaction" by the changes in Tunisia and Egypt. That is why Gaddafi himself, in power since 1969, has distributed secret agents with a mission to monitor and prosecute supporters of reform, according to warnings from ANHRI.
In fact, according to the Network Arab Libyan security forces have arrested some of these Internet activists, including the Kowafy Jamal, 40, worker at the University of Garyounis, activist and former prisoner of conscience and Jamal al Hajji , with "trumped-up charges related to an automobile accident," reported the Arab network, headquartered in Cairo.
Fidel's NightmareThus, while Gaddafi faces tomorrow at the "Day of Wrath", the possibility that the effect globalize Arabic is an issue not left alone to Fidel Castro, for example. From Internet sources will the Government of Cuba has taken precautions to control who is connected and who is not, and also to filter content: It is well known that until a couple of days the posts of Cuban dissidents could not be read from the island itself .
Now Cuba would be afraid that the "cyber" to the Castro regime can use Twitter, Facebook and other social networks to rebel against the government, a concern that became relevant when the same tools were used by protesters to help overthrow Egypt's Hosni Mubarak last week.
What is the basis for such fear about the Internet? It turns out that a video posted recently on the web shows a "expert" on the internet warning Cuban officials Cuban Interior Ministry that "ciberoposición" is a more serious threat than traditional dissidents.
Cuba fears that the U.S. is promoting in the dissident movement on the island the use of social networks like Facebook or Twitter to sow the seeds of insurrection as in the past that shook Ukraine and Iran, according to the same video.
In that video the analyst (whose name is unknown), mentions Alan Gross, an American contractor held for 14 months in Cuba on charges of distributing satellite links in Cuba, and ensures that the "empire" pursues the idea:
Create a technology platform beyond the control of the Cuban authorities to allow free flow of communication among Cuban citizens selected by them and the world (...) We are hosting a virtual network of mercenaries (...) that are not traditional counter (... ), we are talking about young people, people who may have an attractive discourse, guys who live with our children and our brothers. "As if the "free flow of communication" was a sin ... The truth is that Cuban officials do not keep a secret fear that inspires Internet. Reuters news agency spoke to the journalist Manuel Henríquez, defender of the Castro regime and author of the blog "Change in Cuba" (cambiosencuba.blogspot.com), Who openly stated:
Evidently there is an intention to attack Cuba over the Internet. And Cuba, of course, is entitled to defend himself (...) It's an old war and now this is the last expression. He seeks the blogosphere is like looking for media campaigns: to demonize the country, create an image of repression that does not exist and later served to justify laws, blockades. "Remember that until now, given the limited Internet access on the island (reserved for academics, and some tourists), the contents of blogs and tweets you type from the phones do not reach many citizens of the island itself ... Without But this could soon change, when Cuba is connected to broadband Internet through a submarine cable that shipped from VenezuelaTo "circumvent the Yankee blockade" on the island.
Now, do you think you could replicate the effect of Tunisia and Egypt in other autocratic governments? If you answer yes ... What will be the next dictator to fall?
- Libyan dictator Warns Against Using Facebook, Activists Arrested Following The deposed the dictator Tunisian opponent's footsteps in SUPPRESSING (ANHRI)
- Muammar Gaddafi warns against the use of Facebook and stops at various cyber (World)
- Cuba combat new "invasion" U.S. Internet (Reuters)
- Libya first protests against the regime of Gaddafi (Country)
- U.S. fears Cuba is driving a cyber-dissidents (Europa Press)