If this country needs a “Revolution” it is not in industry but in Human
Rights / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on March 13, 2014
There is no economy without liberty
The last visit by the Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
to the Mariel Container Terminal, accompanied by the dictator Raul
Castro — in order to learn of the advances of the large-scale work
carried out thanks to a credit awarded by his country, and which began
during his first term — was totally wrongheaded.
Lula da Silva committed several errors; the first was, according to what
he said to the press after the tour through the finished areas, that the
terminal “represents for this country the possibility of an industrial
revolution.” We totally disagree given that this country, if it needs a
“Revolution,” it is not in industry but in Human Rights, because of the
deep and complex violations of the same, and in particular, against the
One must recognize that the social achievements of the Castro brothers,
in power for more than half a century, are not sustained or justified
when the price for them has been the loss of freedom of association and
free expression. The magnitude of their punishments, prisons and
deaths, has been and is immense.
Another blunder by Lula da Silva was to assert that — after the
completion of construction of said container terminal — “now we just
need to overturn the American blockade so that Cuba can full develop
itself.” Mr. Lula da Silva, no industry will be prosperous while a
totalitarian regime commands it because wealth itself is in human
beings, in those to whom it falls to stimulate that development, and we
have spent exactly 55 years in frank decline because we Cubans are not
happy. One pretends to be happy because the cruel boot of the
repressive machinery of the Castro brothers is ready to crush everyone
who raises a voice against their omnipotent power.
It is no secret that the Castro brothers, for decades, bet on armed
struggle in the world, advising and investing our economy in it, which
is why today it is so badly battered and unhealthy. But for the last 20
years, on learning that the times were changing, they began to sponsor
leftist revolutions with which to bring future presidents to those
countries, hence the appreciation of these on their arrival to power, a
regional variant of the Cosa Nostra.
The greatest good that Cubans can wish for is that principled nations
refuse to negotiate and use that marvelous terminal until they restore
our rights and we Cubans determine, in free elections, who will be the
leader to govern our nation’s destiny.
Meanwhile, not a thousand terminals like the Mariel will be able to wipe
away the tears of the families and make the national economy prosper.
Sign the petiton to Amnesty International to declare Angel Santiesteban
a political prisoner.
Translated by mlk.
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