â€œWeâ€™re going to set up a system of collective vigilance; weâ€™re going to set up a system of revolutionary collective vigilance. And then we shall see how the lackeys of imperialism manage to operate in our midst. Because one thing is sure, we have people in all parts of the city; thereâ€™s not an apartment building in the city, not a corner, not a block, not a neighborhood, that is not amply represented here [in the audience]. In answer to the imperialist campaigns of aggression, weâ€™re going to set up a system of revolutionary collective vigilance so that everybody will know everybody else on his block, what they do, what relationship they had with the tyranny [the Batista government], what they believe in, what people they meet, what activities they participate in. Because if they [the counterrevolutionaries] think they can stand up to the people, theyâ€™re going to be tremendously disappointed. Because weâ€™ll confront them with a committee of revolutionary vigilance on every block... When the masses are organized there isnâ€™t a single imperialist, or a lackey of the imperialists, or anybody who has sold out to the imperialist, who can operateâ€.
Fidel Castro (1960)