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Cuba, the Same Ration of Hate / Luis Felipe Rojas

Cuba, the Same Ration of Hate / Luis Felipe Rojas
Luis Felipe Rojas, Translator: Raul G.

This article was written by Luis Felipe Rojas and published on the
digital newspaper, Cubaencuentro.

Little time has passed since the conclusion of the VI Cuban Communist
Party Congress, and now very few have faith in those promises. In the
spectrum known as Social Political, the government does nothing to truly
set these reforms in motion.

The general-, , has made reference to the
prohibition of entering and exiting the country as "prohibitions and
regulations issued during another moment of the revolutionary process",
to mask that judicial monstrosity that is the exit (or entrance) permit
of the country. However, nothing is said about the prohibition of
traveling freely within the national territory.

What does the local press say about the new flourishing check
points, which were eliminated from the site of inspectors
which visited the island during the end of the 80′s? Nothing. If
anything, a random local newspaper will refer to them but as
"revolutionary measures" taken to impede the growth of the black market.

On innumerable occasions Cuban dissidents have denounced the
prohibitions of entering or exiting their own provinces. Jorge Luis
Garcia Perez () has a police vehicle permanently stationed at the
corner of his block in the central municipality of Placetas, Villa
Clara. In the police control check point of Rio Frio, at the entrance
of Guantanamo, there is a list with names, photos, and political
references of nearly a hundred political dissidents in order to keep
them from coming in, or getting out, of the city. According to Rolando
Rodriguez Lobaina, member of the Eastern Democratic Alliance,
the list is activated or dis-activated depending on specific orders from
the political police on significant dates or days in which it is
presumed that there will be popular protests.

The beatings carried out against various female dissidents (coming from
Moa, Holguin, and Palma Soriano) in Santiago de Cuba during the past
month, with the objective of keeping them from assisting mass being held
in Catholic churches like the Sanctuary of El Cobre or the Cathedral of
the province, proves that the government is the one that drowns its own
citizens in a sea of illegality.

Which judicial tools does the National Revolutionary Police hide behind
in order to surround the homes of dissidents, blocking off entrances, in
order to prevent them from participating in commemorative acts convoked
by themselves, but patriotic nonetheless?

One would have to search through Law 88 (or the Gag Law) to try to find
out what it is about placing flowers under a statue of Jose Marti, or
carrying out a public event in a park, or a meeting in one's own living
room, that constitutes an attempt against national security.

In regards to the promises of reforming the socialist legislation in
terms of migratory issues, the general-president cheers on his
supporters and gives them the right to defend the 50 year long project.

"This street belongs to Fidel", or its derivatives like "the streets and
universities are for revolutionaries" catalyze hate amongst Cubans. The
consequences can be verified in acts as shameful as the mob repudiation
attacks, the public beatings carried out by supporters, or the
bombardment of eggs, excrement, and paint against the homes of dissidents.

At the beginning of this year, photos were published on the of
the home of Sara Marta Fonseca, a non-violent who lives in the
Havana neighborhood of Rio Verde. Members of the Rapid Response Brigade
smeared the facade of the house, the front porch, and the side hallway
with tar. When all of this mockery was made public, and when accredited
journalists residing in Havana as well as tourists occasionally passed
by the house at night to take some photos as if they were trophies,
officials from the sinister Department 21 (G2) offered Sara Marta the
chance to set up a brigade which would paint the house for her, a
proposition which, according to sources from the internal opposition,
she declined.

The future effectiveness of Cuban legality will first have to
universalize the right of all citizens and rip away all the hate
injected into each citizen. Sooner or later, we will have to dismantle
that machine which just hurls insults, kicks, and spit.

Translated by Raul G.

16 August 2011

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