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Leadership and Dissidence / Rebeca Monzo

Rebeca Monzo, 6 January 2017 — The leadership and the dissidence seem
more and more the same to me. Is it coincidence or lack of experience?

At this very moment, if suddenly there were free elections on my planet
Cuba, supervised by the United Nations or other countries, I would not
know who to vote for.

Lately, what I see and hear most among the dissidents is about travels
abroad and buying things cheaply and so-and-so “stayed.” I don’t hear
much talk about organizing and meeting to raise awareness among
neighbors and friends, with the goal of winning supporters.

The Cuban people, in general, don’t know any of the leaders from the
many existing groups. Not even their neighbors know who they really are
and what they do, unless State Security visits them to alert them
against the dissidents and presents a false picture of them. Of course,
the government takes full advantage of the lack of that it has
intentionally imposed on us.

Increasingly, sadly, the dissidence is more divided. Everyone aspires to
be the “head of the mouse” but they are not resigned to being the “tale
of the lion.” The heads of the groups are those who receive economic
support from abroad and distribute it how they wish, along with the
courses and trips to different events in distant countries, the content
of which is shared with no one.

This, without counting those who have a file on their
“dangerousness” and then, at the first opportunity, leave the country
for good. Apparently, without realizing it, they are giving the
government what it wants.

How is it possible to change the destinies of a country if the
opposition groups within the island are distancing themselves from each
other and, therefore, it is so difficult to effectively dedicate
themselves to spreading democratic ideas among the people?

It is time to reconsider and smooth things over and try to become
united, ignoring differences, then denounce the most acute problems
suffered by the Cuban people, and try to find solutions to them.

Being divided pleases the government, whose policy from the beginning
has been precisely that: divide and conquer.

Translated by Jim

Source: Leadership and Dissidence / Rebeca Monzo – Translating Cuba –

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