Cyber-Dissidents and “Changes” in Cuba
March 6, 2014
HAVANA TIMES — Cuba’s so-called “cyber-dissidents” have criticized many
different aspects of the country’s social, economic and political spheres.
While “fundamentalist government supporters” (as I call them) only
scratch the surface of our problems and always have an excuse at hand to
try and explain the inexplicable, independent government supporters (the
on-line intelligentsia), who enjoy a number of advantages afforded them
by the system, touch the injury but are extremely careful not to cause
the patient any pain.
Cyber-dissidents (as the government refers to anyone who does not bow to
the official discourse) are the ones who stick their fingers right
inside the wound. The stories, articles, interviews and photo features
of those of us who justifiably call for a better Cuba have been a means
of exposing, criticizing and, yes, even denouncing the ills that afflict
I believe the Cuban State has benefited greatly from this. The actual
opinions of the population is better informed by any such post than by
the hundreds of minutes from meetings “with the masses”, where
everything remains on the surface and is approved unanimously.
Each and every one of the changes that have been implemented in Cuba has
been, in one way or another, a response to the demands that these
cyber-dissidents have made through their blogs.
Killing two birds with one stone, the government can now look a little
better before international public opinion by passing new laws and
measures that seek to demonstrate that absurd regulations are becoming a
thing of the past, while imagining that they are gradually depriving
independent bloggers of their arguments.
As we have said elsewhere, however, those “changes” that were recently
approved in Cuba merely alleviate and do not cure the disease.
– The right of Cubans to access and stay at the country’s hotels freely
– The unrestricted sale of cellular phones and lines
– The right of farmers to work State-controlled lands
– The opening of more self-employment opportunities
– The authorization of the purchase, sale and/or donation of automobiles
and real estate property by and among Cubans
– The housing law, which allows families the right to claim the
properties of relatives who have left the country (legally or otherwise)
– The new migratory reform
– Laxer custom regulations that authorize bringing in electrical
appliances bought abroad into the country
– Public access to the Internet
– The liberalization of the car market
– The announced elimination of the two-currency system
Each and every one of these measures come with subheadings that make
them inadequate or involve prices that are excessively high, in some
cases prohibitive, for the common Cuban.
This is why cyber-dissidents will continue to have much to talk about
and to have a say in the real changes that Cubans deserve and expect.
Source: Cyber-Dissidents and “Changes” in Cuba – Havana Times.org –