Fidel Castro's death alone, as welcome as it was, will not free Cuba from political repression. If for no other reason that his kid brother Raul has more than proven he is capable of being a dictator his brother, and other tyrants in history, can admire.
The Castro secret police in November made at least 359 politically motivated arrests, adding to what already was a record year for repression in Cuba, according to the Cuban Commission on Human Rights.
It was the lowest monthly tally since April 2015, but the Castro dictatorship remains on pace to surpass 10,000 arrests in a year for the first time since the commission began keeping count in 2010. As of Nov. 30, there have been at least 9,484 political arrests in Cuba.
The previous highest count for a year was 8,899 in 2014.
Fidel Castro died proud of his brother.