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 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
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
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
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
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