In Cuba is very dangerous to profess ideas not sanctioned by the State. After the massive protests of July the government is moving towards a higher echelon of repression by mapping, home by home, the ideas, believes, religion and attitudes of each family to further facilitate surveillance and repression. 

Until last July, the Cuban government apparently believed its own propaganda lies about the opposition on the island being limited to a few small groups supported by the United States, which they could easily keep at bay with tactics carried out by the Counterintelligence’s Section 21 and its agents. These tactics include undermining, dividing and discrediting political opponents, eventually sending them to prison under trumped-up common charges.

Then the popular uprising of July 11th took them by surprise and popped the balloon.

In April 1980 the late Fidel Castro could not believe that, only three days after he ordered removing the security guards from the Peruvian Embassy, ​​10,800 Cubans had taken refuge there. The heirs of the Castros knew two months ago that there was popular discontent in Cuba, but the idea that tens of thousands of Cubans in more than 50 towns could take to the streets shouting “Libertad” and “Patria y Vida” did not fit in their heads.

To quell this massive insubordination, they had to unleash a wave of violence that mustered the whole staff of the Ministry of the Interior, paramilitary groups and even some units of the Armed Forces.

This slap in the face by an angry populace sobered them out of their triumphant drunkenness, and now they are rushing to tighten control over the whole Cuban citizenry to preempt and immobilize the discontents who might join a 7/11, Part Two. Because the possibility of new massive protests sticks around: they may have offered a few soggy carrots while wielding around the stick of repression, yet the aggravating factors of the people’s hardship ─such as the food crisis, skyrocketing inflation, the collapse of the health-care system triggered by the pandemic, and the difficulties with the reception of remittances and other aid from abroad─ remain practically unchanged.

The form “Aspects to take into account in the diagnosis of the family” is massively distributed by the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) to classify Cubans who manifest political-ideological problems or demonstrations against the Revolution.

The State draws the “map” of the next repression

To “map” and control all citizens, they’ve issued a secret form entitled “Aspects to take into account in the diagnosis of families”. It does not say where it comes from or who is going to fill it out, but certainly they now want a family-by-family assessment, sort of a political genome of Cuba.

The form asks very specific questions about family households: “revolutionary integration”, which is determined by being affiliated to organizations akin to the government; If family members do not belong to any of them, the informant must mark the box “N.A.P.R” (Not in Accordance with the Principles of the Revolution).

Another question is based on how the members of the family assume the policies of “the revolution”, whether positively or negatively, and if so, whether they manifest it or not: both categories carry a stigma, but those who express what they think are considered more dangerous.

Another issue of interest is finding out if there’s a radio and / or TV set in the household, as well as if the family members “observe” (watch) hard-core ideological indoctrination programs such as the National Newscast and the daily Round Table.

Despite the government claiming that the private sector is part of the socialist economy, the following box reveals a persistent suspicion, when inquiring if there are self-employed workers in the house.

The following series of questions focuses on what became a key factor in the nationwide spread of the protests on July 11th: Do you have a computer? How about internet access? How do they manifest themselves on social media? Positively or negatively?

Cuba declared itself a secular state and not an atheist one in 1992, and the Constitution approved in 2019 considers discrimination on religious grounds unconstitutional. Then ask yourself why this “family diagnosis” goes on to ask if the family members practice any religion, which one, and if their religious beliefs affect a child’s education.

The last box, “Participation in the 7/11 events”, reveals the ultimate motivation for this survey. An affirmative answer could prompt State Security to assign permanent surveillance to that family. And what the informant writes answering the last question, “What did they do? (on July 11)” could lead to a police investigation culminating in a judicial indictment and a jail sentence. Depending on the assessment of the answer, they could even apply preventive incarceration for social dangerousness.

The form “Aspects to take into account in the diagnosis of families” is part of the usual Stalinist response of this 62-year-old regime to criticism, protests, and even a social outburst: it does not react by analyzing the reasons for discontent and making profound changes in what causes it, but by peddling a few carrots, escalating the beatings and expanding “preemptive” control.