Cuban Youth Prefer Facebook to Revolution

They're resigned to small freedoms, not sweeping change
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2008 9:51 AM CDT
Students wave flags of Vietnam and Cuba during a welcoming ceremony to Nong Duc Manh, General Secretary of Vietnam's Communist Party in Havana, Friday, June 1, 2007.   (AP Photo/ Javier Galeano)
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(Newser) – Cuba's youth are restless, but many are more concerned about access to Facebook, flat-screen TVs, and trips abroad than political change, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Young people say that they pressured Raul Castro to allow cell phone and computer ownership, but they remain disillusioned about the prospects for greater change.

They are enjoying their new-found freedoms, but feel the changes should have come sooner. Some groups are voicing their dissent through music and art, yet many see little point in airing their grievances. "Why are we going to take a risk when things won't change anyway?" asked one.