Human Rights in Cuba

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Connecting as Fast as You Can Click… / Lilianne Ruíz

Lilianne Ruíz, Translator: Unstated

It must seem incredible to have a technology Festival without access to

the . This didn't weaken the perception of breathing fresh air

in Cuba. Metamorphosing, formatting, restarting, because we are getting

old and the speed at which the world moves seems inconsistent with this

sluggish reality.

Although I couldn't sit down and attend all the workshops, because I was

busy with the most important occupation of my life which consists in

following the adventures of my little daughter and other children who

also attended with their parents, still without a doubt I was able to

take advantage of the Festival. I do not even know how to tweet and

perhaps when the day comes that I have a cellphone, so very expensive in

Cuba, someone will have to explain to me how to receive calls. It hurts

me to say it: I am far from accessing the digital version of my life.

Nevertheless, attending the CLICK Festival put me ahead of analog Lili,

and many steps ahead of the formerly terrified Lili… like the one who

was too late to shake hands with Laura Pollán.

And the threats have rained down; the first day an editorial in demonstrated the criminal mentality that only a Communist

Revolution and a caudillo with truncated ideology could produce in some

people. They have tried to artificially fabricate a state of opinion

where "the people" are shown as outraged about a technology Festival

taking place in Cuba to serve the public, independent of the State,

organized by a resistant Civil Society that aspires to connect the

Island and those of us who live here with the contemporary spirit that

does not passively stand by as the political, financial or religious

power continues to be concentrated in a caste, corporation or State; a

civil society that in many ways pleads that citizens do not have to give

up their before any kind of power, set off by its personal

mystique, the only path to the and happiness of a society.

There were jeeps with orange license plates (the color of private plates

— trying to look like something they're not) at the entrance to the SATS

space where the Festival was held, with KGB-style men writing and

looking through the windshields at a reality they did not understand or

even pretend to understand. There has been no foreign government

supporting our need to acquire a conscience and freedom, because the

sovereignty and independence of Cuba (to quote from the Cubadebate

editorial) is not in danger from or threatened by a foreign government,

but by a mafioso and criminal family that usurped power in Cuba more

than 50 years ago: beasts, the Antichrist, who never stop lying to

justify their filthy deeds. I repeat myself because this reality is

reiterated in my life.

I had the occasion to met several people I've admired for a long time,

and one in particular who had greatly impressed me, the boy from the

Patriotic Union of Cuba (), Ányer Antonio Blanco (in the photo

with me, below). Now 24, he was imprisoned for political reasons in the

Castro regime's cells from the time he was 18 until just this past

January, resisting years of physical and psychological tortures.

He said words to me I will not forget about the inner strength he

believes we all have to resist those who want to destroy and demoralize

us. It has been a long time since I've seen a young man of such

character and so much spiritual strength, he is probably the only one of

his generation who has seen such horror without letting himself give in

before the of the criminals from the Ministry of the Interior


Ányer Antonio Blanco and Lilianne Ruíz at the CLICK Festival in Havana

His testimony and that of many others I've met speak of the sadism

practiced in Cuba in the cells by the guards and MININT officials

themselves. I thank God that a brother is alive and well, despite what

he has had to live through at such a young age. These details of the

story of a Cuban citizen, barely a teenager, in political have

never been published in Cubadebate. Cubadebate is an organ of the State

dictatorship in Cuba, an extension on the internet of the newspaper

Granma, that appears to be open to dialog and betrays such a great

intolerance and fanatical defense of a political "religion" that no one

in Cuban believes them, though many still fear them.

The quoted Cuban website, run by the most repulsive officialdom, is not

a civil space nor an independent or sovereign one. How dare they?

The festival has been a success, someday this little burst of light that

can connect people around the world will inevitably connect, first of

all, us Cubans who have a lot of mental work to do to cleanse our minds

of so much hatred that our history has cultivated in Cubans, which has

been primarily psychological.

It is always in retrospect that it chills my blood and upsets me to

think of our children running around and amusing themselves in the same

space where State Security boasts of infiltrating it agents, because the

door was closed to no one, and it upsets me.

Brutality destroys the fabric that has taken centuries to bring to light

and materialize in a man and a woman who speak from the heart, without

political or ideological commitment, without commitment to power. This

breed of security agents and dictators will be left behind in what

emerges in the spirit of these times which is freedom with all the risks

that implies, but before descending into hell which they should never

leave, the dictators and their henchmen are disposed to causing damage

and someone should feel the responsibility to stop them.

To exercise our political, cultural, and economic rights scandalizes the

dictators who must be afraid because they did not get power through the

freely expressed will of the citizens whom they call "the people"

betraying this old and dangerous mentality prone to political crimes.

But with a CLICK multiplied in every Cuban, in Cuba as well the Spring

can come.

June 25 2012

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