Re the May 5 article Human rights group in Cuba reports record number of detentions: The winds of change from Venezuela are blowing over Cuba, and the Castro brothers are panicking. The spike in short-term arrests corresponds with the street protests in Venezuela.
Thousands of Cubans were sent by the Castro brothers to work in Venezuela. Perhaps an unintended consequence for the Cuban workers has been seeing Venezuelans petitioning their government.
Many Venezuelans are seeking redress from their government for a high crime rate and “stagflation” — low economic output and raging inflation that burdens their daily lives.
Mark M. Spradley, Chevy Chase, Md.