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    In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries

    In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries / Iván

    Ivan Garcia, 1 September 2016 — While certain groups and people on the
    island try to distance themselves from the openly anti-Castro
    dissidence, however they can, they will always be marked with a scarlet
    letter by the Department of State Security and its guardians of the
    faith, specialists in destroying reputations.

    The logic in the analysis of these people is worthless, people such as
    those who collaborate on the website Cuba Posible; the pointed notes of
    Fernando Ravsberg about the institutionalized bureaucracy; the critiques
    of the status quo from the Marxist ideology of Harold Cardenas; or the
    excellent reporting from the team of reporters on Periodismo de Barrio.

    All of them, for their free thinking and because they don’t take orders
    from the ideological machinery of the Communist Party, are considered
    “enemies of the fatherland,” Trojan Horses who, with more or less
    subtlety, pander to “Yankee Imperialism.”

    For the dinosaurs in the Palace of the Revolution there is no middle
    ground. The rules they write are to be followed by others. The exercise
    of criticism, debate and controversy without approval from the state
    apparatus will never be well received.

    Probably, as in Dante’s Inferno, all the enemies or those in conflict
    with the “Revolutionary Project” are not located in the same circle. But
    none of them are to be trusted.

    This makes it easier for the government to condemn an anti-Castro
    journalist to twenty years in prison, as dictated by the Gag Law adopted
    in 1999.

    In the end, they end up fired from their jobs, like the economist Omar
    Everleny, now watching the autocratic drama from a fellowship in Japan,
    or like the talented academics Pavel Vidal, Haroldo Dilla and Armando
    Chaguaceda, all of whom live abroad.

    It’s worth nothing, recognizing the de facto government, to bet on
    nationalism or a democratic socialism. The ukases and the direction of
    the nation are dictated by the same people as always.

    In an intolerant, autocratic and arrogant regime, you have to have
    sufficient ability to interpret when you’ve crossed the tenuous border
    that limits how far governmental permissiveness will go. As the popular
    refrain says: You can play with the chain, but not the monkey.

    Perhaps Roberto Veiga and Leinier Gonzalez are not detained in the
    public street by State Security henchmen and have all their belongings
    taken from them, as they were taken from Augusto Cesar San Martin and
    Ana Leon, reporters for Cubanet, when this last July they made a video
    in Cienfuegos.

    It is likely that Arturo Lopez-Levy, a political scientist and a
    relative of Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Callejas, Raul Castro’s
    treasurer, doesn’t have his books, money and personal articles seized at
    the Havana Airport, nor is he brutally arrested like the independent
    unionist Ivan Hernandez Carrillo was on his arrival in Cuba some weeks back.

    The fact that the treatment from the political police is less degrading,
    that they use the formal “Usted” when talking to you and not
    “counter-revolutionary” or “worm,” doesn’t mean that articles that
    reflect the realities of the citizens and the wave of liberal thinking
    that can be read in the digital media right now, are appreciated by the
    regime and its repressive organs.

    The government fears opinions and analysis different from its own. It
    doesn’t matter that the necessary debate is found on the internet and is
    barely known by ordinary Cubans. The Castro brothers’ autocracy is an
    institution of command and control. Its journalists are soldiers of the
    Revolution. They cannot be allowed to write on their own account in the
    alternative media.

    An insulting aberration appeared in recent days through Aixa Heveia, a
    mediocre information bureaucrat — or more accurately, a censor of
    journalists — when she proposed to expel from the country the Uruguayan
    journalist Fernando Ravsberg, former correspondent for the BBC, and
    creator of the website Cartas desde Cuba, and contributor to the Spanish
    newspaper Publico and author of the book The Cuban Headache, published
    in 2008.

    For Ravsberg, a long time resident of the island, there is nothing new
    under the sun. It was Fidel Castro himself who at a certain moment
    decided to put him on the blacklist. One can agree or disagree with this
    commentaries, that’s called freedom of expression, but that a reporter
    of his caliber is treated like a criminal is shameful.

    But this is the real core of the regime. A bizarre founding gang that
    includes the enlightened, illiterates and ex-convicts. Democracy is not
    their main course.

    For Castroism, those who think with their own heads or set aside the
    libretto orchestrated by the Communist Party chieftains, will always be
    adversaries. Some more dangerous than others. But enemies.

    Source: In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries
    / Iván García – Translating Cuba –

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