Domingo, 8 de Diciembre de 2019
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Editorial: The truth about what happened to those on that plane

Díaz-Canel and authorities at the accident site. (AFP)

The reactions to the crash of a passenger plane at the international airport in Havana ended up revealing some unexpected news about the health of the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), Raúl Castro. 

Cuba's official press must have considered the presence of President Miguel Díaz-Canel at the site of the catastrophe insufficient when it needed to explain why former President Castro was not there. Thus, it ended up acknowledging a surgery for a hernia and a satisfactory recovery. 

Had it not been for the plane crash, news of the leader's passage through the operating room would never have been released. As can be seen by the cases of the late Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez, in Cuba the health of public authorities is considered a state secret, it not being necessary to give the people explanations.

There is no assurance that the information offered about Raúl Castro's health is true. His operation was scheduled in advance, as was its concealment, and the recent announcement could be nothing but a smoke screen. 


Without wishing to enter into speculation in this regard, and returning to the case of the plane crash, it would be appreciated if the Cuban regime offered credible explanations about the causes of the catastrophe and shouldered the corresponding responsibilities. 

It should not cover up the truth about what happened to those who were on that plane like it is doing with regards to Raúl Castro's health.