MIAMI – One of Fidel Castro’s sons said during an interview on Univision that there are no dynasties in Cuba, and when his uncle Raul Castro “leaves office” in 2018, no one in the family is going to take power.
“Power won’t stay in the family, but will go to those prepared for it,” Alex Castro said in an interview filmed in Havana by the U.S. Hispanic channel, on whose Web site it has a featured position this Tuesday.
Born in Havana in 1963, Alex Castro became his father’s personal photographer after studying for a technical career in the former Soviet Union, and, as he said in the interview, he has no political ambitions.
He said in the interview that the leader of the Cuban Revolution is “in very good health” and spends his time doing things that for a long time he was unable to do, such as “contributing what he knows, helping people, studying.”
If he doesn’t appear in the media or in public, it’s because he is “retired,” his son said.
The interview was filmed over the weekend and coincided with the arrival in Cuba of U.S. President Barack Obama, a visit Alex Castro had discussed with his father, who, he said, was all in favor of it.
Alex Castro said that while Cuba and the United States have been enemies for many years, Cubans have continued to be friends with the American people, who, he believes, have been “as much victims of the embargo” as have people on the island.
Though stressing that he takes no part in government decisions, Alex said that Cuba’s position has been “clear” with respect to the changes that can occur with the normalization of relations with the United States.
“We don’t favor a market economy or anything about neoliberalism,” he said.
The Cuban system, whatever its virtues and defects, and “though a lot of people don’t like it...it has done well by us” because there is equality for all, everyone has a roof over their head and nobody dies of hunger like they do in other countries, he said.
“We don’t want to see here what we see in other countries,” he said, then went on to note that in Cuban cities there is no violence and nobody goes around carrying guns in the streets.