On Saturday, March 22, the Granma newspaper published the Final Declaration from the so-called “Meeting of Cubans residing abroad who are against the Blockade and Terrorism,” which took place in Havana between March 19th and 21st. From its first paragraph, the Declaration exhibits an absolute disrespect for all Cubans who aspire to democracy and freedom, whether living inside or outside the Island, when it announces: “We Cubans living abroad, committed to our homeland and the valuable work of the Revolution, united by a patriotic and Martí-based* vocation, have reunited in Havana during the 19th, 20th, and 21st days of March to share opinions and experiences concerning the best forms to express, in the present historic moment, our commitment to the fatherland and the continuation of its revolutionary project began in 1959.”
One might ask why these “Cubans” left the country, and why they don’t honor their commitment to the revolution by returning to live in the fatherland that they defend with such zeal, from abroad, against the meddling surveillance of the United States and the European Union, places where they have found a home and work, from which they earn a decent living, possibilities that we Cubans on the Island lack. They are, without a doubt, representatives of the heroic fighters for the State’s security, scattered around the world.
The declaration doesn’t let pass the opportunity to assure, “To our beloved Commander Fidel, whose unrivaled example has been, is, and will be, the guiding light of our fight, our commitment to defend the work of the revolution, wherever we may find ourselves.” (Who can doubt it?) And it finishes with a list of demands that must have been written up by Felipe Pérez Roque* himself, overseen by the “compañerito”* who maintains his false retirement. It demands the removal of the blockade, the Bush Plan, and the Cuban Adjustment Act; “the elimination of all restrictions preventing Cuban residents in the USA from freely visiting our country and maintaining ties with their relatives in Cuba”; the cessation of all terrorist actions coming from the U.S.; the immediate release of “our Five brothers,* unjustly kidnapped”; and the definitive elimination of the European Union’s sanctions and the EU’s Common Position* on Cuba. Beyond some demands that could be considered justified, it’s just the same government speech. It doesn’t include the right for Cubans living on the Island to leave or enter freely, just as it doesn’t include the right for Cubans abroad to return or invest their business capital in Cuba. They also forgot to demand freedom for hundreds of prisoners of conscience who remain locked away in abysmal conditions in the prisons of the revolution for the simple “crime” of thinking differently and expressing their ideas.
The Final Declaration of this group of agents constitutes a provocation against free-thinking Cubans and the long and sad diaspora of the Nation, as well as an offense against the intelligence of the people. Its shameful aspects here are the proposed continuation of the divisions between Cubans, and support of belligerence as a strategy to sustain the regime. However, since in the end they won’t die for the revolution, nor even live with it, we will have to take care of their failure. Before then, we will have to take precautions; it’s known that opportunistic germs don’t become extinct, they mutate.
Martí-based: José Martí (1853-1895), Cuba’s national hero.
Felipe Pérez Roque: Cuba’s foreign minister.
“Compañerito” refers to Fidel Castro.
Our Five brothers: Also known as “The Cuban 5” or “The Five Heroes.” Readers can google these terms for more information.
European Union’s Common Position on Cuba: More information may be found by googling this phrase.