Septiembre 12, 2009 at 11:54 · Clasificados en Sin Evasión
As our readers know, the digital portal Voces Cubanas, which Cubans inside the island were able to access, has suffered the same fate as the website Desde Cuba: a filter has been installed to slow down the page to the point that it is impossible to open. The fact would not be a surprise to anyone if it weren’t so hard to conceive such a dumb action on the part of the Cuban regime. The authorities were not able to learn from experience, they do not take into account that when they blocked access to Desde Cuba in February-March of last year, they only succeeded in awakening the interest and solidarity of thousands of people through our blogs, many of these friends have been supporting us since then in the most diverse ways.
Another immediate consequence of trying to silence our then unknown voices was to contribute to publicize us, multiply the readers’ participation and push other Cubans to join the nascent blogosphere. By trying to silence them, they have only succeeded in strengthening the voices. A regime that has all the media, all the resources and all the capacity for repression under its control, shows a morbid fear before the sudden emergence and development of a civil society that has chosen cyberspace to attain the freedom that reality denies us. They have power to spare, but they lack imagination. The government puppets spend so much energy only to show off its fragility! What a shameless display of impotence!
We will not keep silent. For every door that closes, many more are opening for us. The good health of the blogger phenomenon, applications from those who are still coming closer, interested in opening a blog, and the respect that many Cubans here have towards us demonstrate it. The strong will of young Pablo Pacheco (Voz tras las Rejas), expresses it. He is a prisoner from the Black Spring, whose imprisonment has been insufficient to override his will to be heard. We are not alone. The regime has lost the ability to learn and create, they repeat themselves again and again in reproducing the politics of fear: an unequivocal way of projecting its own.
Note: at the close of this post I learned of two alternative bloggers’ arrest in the province of Holguín. I will try to get more information to the readers. I suggest following the news through Generation Y and Twitter.