Ley Mordaza – Gag Law
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    The Need for Light

    The Need for Light / Lilianne Ruiz

    Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated

    "Declaration of the Minister of Foreign Affairs." The article accuses

    the U.S. Interests Section in Havana of fabricating an opposition

    movement against Cuba's legitimate government, creating dissidents, and

    trying to provoke "regime change."

    For the first time I feel like a target of attack by the State

    dictatorship in the Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

    published last Friday the 2nd of November.

    I am a student, since a little less than a month ago, in a journalism

    course offered by the International University of Florida through the

    United States Interests Section in Havana. The first thing I did on

    enrolling was to ask if there existed the possibility of studying the

    complete career of journalism or philosophy at a distance. But the

    answer that the Cuban employee gave me was that the government of Cuban

    had cancelled that possibility.

    I do not feel forced to give explanations, but to defend myself from the

    possible reprisals that the government — which evidently feels

    threatened by the exercise of the freedom of expression — might have in

    store for us from now on.

    To respond the calumny that we are mercenaries of a foreign government

    would take this spiritual struggle to the level of speaking the language

    of our kidnappers and presumed assassins. It is imperative that they

    prove that they can dialogue with us in the language of liberty without

    the excuse of pretending that the nation is a military encampment,

    faking paranoia.

    In 53 years they have not dared to dialogue with the opposition, they

    lack the courage because they cannot sustain themselves before the

    citizens who oppose the tyranny "of the socialist morality" and its

    consequent "legality": a species of dead language without image and that

    therefore cannot and does not have the will to express our human rights.

    There is nothing easier to read and understand for the whole world than

    the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, because it is written in our

    image. But it is very difficult to follow the logic of thinking in the

    official Cuban discourse because it represents the interests of just a

    tiny collection of people in this country who have managed to buy and

    terrorize another so many people within the Island, and feed the

    misanthropic envy of the radical left in the world.

    There is something I want to note, because it is the only note that is

    obvious in the text published in the newspaper Granma: "… the impossible

    task of converting its mercenaries into a credible movement of the

    internal opposition."

    We have to start from the fact that the Cuban State has been faking

    paranoia as an excuse to reprimand citizens who dare to express

    themselves in opposition to their government which is a complete fraud,

    including of course the electoral fraud covered by legal loopholes.

    I won't have to work too hard to explain that true paranoia is not aware

    of the reason for placing blame on another, but the Cuban State does

    know why it has chosen the United States as at fault in order to justify

    the attack against its own people: the Cuban State, absolute dictator

    over the existence of the souls under its jurisdiction, has never

    tolerated the political opposition and has rudely denied silencing them,

    first by firing squad or incarceration through the "revolutionary laws,"

    including Law 88 (the Gag Law), because they know they could not survive

    the full exercise of freedoms and the popular will consulted without


    Again I suggest looking at the text of the judgment against Hubert Matos

    in 1959; there, in the words of then prime minister Fidel Castro, who

    served as the principal accusing witness (and who explicitly governed

    this Island until 2006, and seemed to continue through his whole life to

    impose his will), we see the beginning of the most ridiculous campaign

    in the legal history of Cuba where this witness creates the crime of

    being "counterrevolutionary."

    Decades later this modest housewife was surprised that something as

    natural as being against some political and social tendency that has

    committed so many criminal acts, that has drafted such tricky laws to

    incarcerate Cubans, that has never represented in its gigantic discourse

    the true size of a single human being, could be a crime.

    It cannot be a crime to be against a government and to express it and to

    want to change it, not in a revolutionary way, that includes the use of

    arms, but in an embryonic democratic way: with the arms of opinion,

    including citizen protest. But the detail is that to prevent those

    rights, the Cuban State fakes madness, fakes paranoia and the target of

    the attacks is the United States, and this faked paranoia also serves as

    an ideological alibi to maintain persecution against its opponents.

    The most dissident act, in a county of such political hypocrisy that it

    would make the "whitewashed tombs" that Jesus referred to in the Gospels

    pale by comparison, is to remember decency and to begin to be honest and

    objective toward the Cuban reality. It is easy to achieve credibility if

    we only remain true to the Christian and humane vocation that we all

    have, and exercise it on a scale larger than our selfishness.

    In situations like this I can wait for my persecutors, without missing a

    single journalism class, reading the Bible first and foremost and

    especially the Gospels, and also remembering people like Martha Beatriz

    Toque, like Oscar Elias Biscet, like Elizardo Sanchez, so maligned, so

    persecuted, at times so long-suffering, so abandoned (by this people

    always disposed to exchange its rights for a pittance) and yet, like the

    ancient prophets, such victors in Christ and such towering figures.

    November 5 2012


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