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Lies and Deceptions of a Revolution

Lies and Deceptions of a Revolution / Tania Diaz Castro
Posted on June 2, 2014

Havana, Cuba – Because of the many lies and deceptions in ’s
history, new generations of Cubans have great doubts about everything
that happened since 1952.

Celia Sánchez was one of the key figures of the Revolution. She died in
1980. Her 21 years as personal secretary to Fidel Castro were devoted
mainly to gathering “every last scrap of paper,” as she put it, in order
to recover the history of that time, as it actually happened. On May 4,
1964, she founded the Office of Historical Affairs of the Council of
State. They include, I suppose, the documents recording all the times
that Fidel Castro swore up and down that he was not a communist.

A few days ago, on the 50th anniversary of the creation of that Office,
Dr. Eugenio Suárez Pérez, its director, told the newspaper Granma that
Celia‘s objective was to safeguard the historical memory of the
Revolution, from the Sierra Maestra to its eventual triumph, and that
they had currently collected more than 56,000 background documents and
more than 159,000 photographs.

If we could ask why Celia—“the advocate of the truth above all else” who
“reviewed and classified the archives and processed the texts
personally”—allowed the repetition in the national press for decades of
the glaring and absurd lie that 20 thousand people had been martyred in
the war against Batista, a lie created in the magazine Bohemia by
Enriquito de la Osa, no one could answer, because they have never been
able to produce a list of names of those alleged martyrs.

This lie has been told more than once within the United Nations by Bruno
Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister for Foreign Affairs. On March 3, 2010, he
said:“The military dictatorships in Latin America, imposed and sustained
by the United States for decades, have killed 400,000 people. In Cuba
alone they caused 20,000 deaths.” And on October 26 the following year,
also at the UN: “Cuba made the great change in 1959 at a cost of 20
thousand lives, swept away by the dictatorship of Batista, the henchman
of the United States.”

The “Heroine of the Sierra” also mutely accepted that the amnesty
granted to the prisoners who had attacked the Moncada Barracks was the
result of pressure from the masses, when she well knew that the masses
had remained outside the fray, and had not even participated in the
general strikes Fidel had called for from the Sierra. Journalists in the
employ of the regime and senior officials have lied about this.

Esteban Lazo, of the National Assembly of People’s Power, on
the 45th anniversary of that invented feat, exclaimed before hundreds of
Havana residents in the Vedado park at 23rd and 30th, that “it
represented an extraordinary example of the people achieving victory.”
And Ciro Bianchi: “The people backed the Batista dictatorship into a
corner, because of their demand the bars of the cells were broken.”

Even today the national press, completely in the hands of the
government, shamefully attempts to manipulate the people with political
demagoguery, which few believe. They repeat like parrots that the people
approved the hundreds of firing-squad executions, just because a
fraction of those masses of people, taken by surprise at a rally on
January 21, 1959, was bedazzled in the face of the obsessive-compulsive
personality of the guerrilla leader.

For the same reason, Cubans today are forced to accept socialism, just
because a bunch of overheated militia, assembled by Fidel Castro,
cheered for him on the afternoon of April 15, 1961. That was the maximum
leader’s style. He had done the same thing with those men who, in the
summer of 1953, had no idea why they had come to Santiago de Cuba, hours
before the attack on the Moncada Barracks.

May 30, 2014 / Tania Diaz Castro

Source: Lies and Deceptions of a Revolution / Tania Diaz Castro |
Translating Cuba –
http://translatingcuba.com/lies-and-deceptions-of-a-revolution-tania-diaz-castro/

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