Desde Dentro de Cuba.

Distribuido por Cuba Free Press, Inc. -

5 de octubre de 1999


HAVANA - This year 1999 is without a doubt the year our dissidents became of age in Cuba. The promulgation of Law 88 (the gag law), the trial of the "Group of Four", the increasing attention paid by democratic countries to our opposition voices, as well as the clumsy governmental policies - those are a few of the items bringing this about.

Recently a number of personalities visiting our Island have interviewed those other leaders, officially called by our government "counter-revolutionary grupuscles." They bring to the table a moderate opposition for consideration. Their documents share a common platform, a contribution (so far unpublished) towards a peaceful effort - for the creation of a state of rights in our country.

But it is actually at the internal levels where our dissidents have reached unquestionable importance. It is not their growing number or the fact they act more openly throughout our 14 provinces; now even the government recognizes them publicly.

On Nov. 2 in a five-hour session with the Cuban TV, Fidel Castro spoke of those matters; indeed he mentioned by first and family name a large number of "mercenaries at the service of yankee imperialism." Astride his old horse of 'attack' jargon, he tried to minimize their importance, to ridicule their denunciations and proposals. As one might expect, by the next day all Havana knew about those independent journalists and opponents.

"He shot himself in the foot" was the comment heard from a youth at a central location in El Vedado. "I would say he didn't shoot at all" was the comeback from an older man, dressed in the uniform of a health worker.

To make matters worse, the ideological armies of the Communist Party have started a concerted assault against factories, hotels and other enterprises "to strengthen the combative morals" of the workers. After a general diatribe these ideologues threaten the "traitors...those without a sense of country" who would plot against the revolution "and are being closely watched by our National Security."

Their goal seems obvious - both in those efforts as well as in the comments heard from Castro earlier - to further promote a general fear and distrust. Of course, that official propaganda coin has two faces: one side demonizes those clamoring for change, the other side promotes them. It may seem paradoxical but as it nears the ground the latter side of the coin becomes more visible.

Rodolfo Guerra, Cuba Free Press.

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