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Por: Antonio G. Rodiles
Desde el mismo año 1959, Fidel Castro dejó muy claro que los espacios públicos eran solo para los “revolucionarios”. Para lograr ese objetivo convirtió cada acto público en una arenga para intimidar a la ciudadanía. Muy rápido los cubanos vieron que los alardes se
convertían en acciones y en turbas que podían arrasar con ellos y sus seres queridos. El terror se implanto y la “revolución” se impuso.
56 años después, el totalitarismo pretende mantener su poder con la herramienta que mejor conoce, la violencia. Reactivar esos genes del pánico que te hacen poner una camisa de fuerza es prioridad del régimen.
¿Puede cambiar Cuba si seguimos sosteniendo la memoria del miedo?
¿Puede cambiar Cuba si aceptamos los términos de unos decrépitos ancianos y sus adeptos?
No se trata de un dilema entre un supuesto cambio pacífico y uno violento, como algunos pretenden mostrar. Cuba cambiará si sentimos la determinación de hacerlo, si un deseo genuino nos impulsa a acabar con el sinsentido y la estupidez.
Desde hace ocho domingos, el régimen cubano reprime brutalmente a un grupo de opositores quienes, unidos a las Damas de Blanco, reclamamos la excarcelacion inmediata e incondicional de todos los presos politicos
Dos puntos resultan intolerables para la dictadura:
1- Que le exijamos excarcelar a sus rehenes.
2- Que lo hagamos ejerciendo nuestro derecho a la manifestación pública y pacífica.
Sin embargo, lo que ha sido impredecible para ellos es la capacidad de resistir que hemos demostrado ante los abusos y la impunidad de las fuerzas represivas. Casi un centenar de activistas nos mantenemos asistiendo a estas marchas a pesar de la violencia que ejercen las fuerzas represivas contra nosotros. Son momentos muy dificiles, pero nuestros
derechos lo valen. No sabemos cuántos domingos más de abusos y atropellos nos esperan, pero estamos seguro de que la libertad ganará.
La semana pasada pedimos a algunos amigos que nos apoyaran, pues necesitamos ayuda para sostener este reclamo frente al silencio de la comunidad internacional. Rápidamente se pusieron en función de promover en twitter la etiqueta #TodosMarchamos. Se organizó “un twittazo” contra la represión, en apoyo a las marchas dominicales. Y el resultado no pudo ser mas efectivo. Miles de tweets hicieron tendencia en la red. Verlos fue un bálsamo después de tanto abuso.
Este próximo domingo 7 de Junio, estaremos nuevamente en las calles, junto a las Damas de Blanco, esas senoras humildes, que se han plantado como pocos y a las que tanto tendremos que agradecer en la Cuba futura. Ojalá se sumen muchos mas; que fuera de la isla, todos aquellos cubanos que ansían un cambio pongan sus tweets o acudan a espacios públicos para mostrar que Cuba les duele, y dentro, que los opositores comprendan que la calle es un espacio de todos los cubanos y que los golpes duelen, pero más debe dolernos la indiferencia.
Si #TodosMarchamos los domingos, el miedo y la dictadura se acaban. Hagámoslo.
“What we know about Cuba’s economy”
Two-thirds of Americans favor an end to the decades-long U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, a January Pew Research Center study found, and the two nations reportedly are making progress on re-establishing diplomatic relations. As the communist government continues to slowly reform Cuba’s economy, American businesses – from airlines to law firms – are exploring commercial opportunities on the island nation. But even if the embargo were to be lifted, it’s not clear just what sort of Cuban economy those businesses would find.
Getting a handle on even basic information about Cuba’s economy is difficult, for a number of reasons. The government still dominates economic activity on the island, both directly and through heavily subsidized state-owned enterprises. National statistics are not always complete or reliable. And Cuba’s system of two parallel currencies – one peso for everyday transactions among ordinary Cubans, and a “convertible peso” for the tourism industry, foreign trade and the private sector – combined with multiple exchange rates complicates any international comparisons or discussions about the relative size of different parts of the economy.
According to a survey conducted in March and published in The Washington Post, 79% of Cubans said they were dissatisfied with the country’s economic system; 70% said they wanted to start their own business. Nearly two-thirds of Cubans (64%) said normalizing relations with the U.S. would change the economic system, though only 37% thought the political system would change.
With so much change in the air, we decided to work our way as best we could through the data difficulties to put together a primer on what we know, and don’t know, about the Cuban economy.
1Despite the embargo, the U.S. does do business with Cuba. Last year, according to the Census Bureau, the U.S. exported nearly $300 million worth of products to Cuba; nearly all (96.2%) of that was in the form of meat and poultry, soybeans, corn, animal feed and other foodstuffs. The exports are permitted under a 2000 law that modified, but did not repeal, the U.S. embargo; under it, Cuba can buy certain agricultural products, medicines and medical devices from the U.S., but must pay in cash.
2Growth has slowed sharply in recent years. According to Cuba’s national statistical agency, the country’s gross domestic product in 2013 was 77.2 billion pesos – which, depending on which exchange rate one uses, could equate to anything from $77.2 billion (at the official rate of 1 convertible peso to $1) to $3.2 billion (at the internal rate of 24 regular pesos to 1 convertible peso). But either way, growth has slowed dramatically from the mid-2000s: The CIA estimates that Cuba’s GDP grew just 1.3% last year in real (inflation-adjusted) terms – 177th out of 222 countries ranked. One big reason: With global oil prices still well below their pre-recession highs, the heavily discounted oil that Venezuela sends Cuba – some of which Cuba re-exports – is less valuable.
3Despite economic reforms, the state still dominates. In a paper published last year by the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, former International Monetary Fund economist Ernesto Hernandez-Cata estimated that Cuba’s private and cooperative sector generated 25.3% of GDP in 2012, compared with just 5% in 1989. But the government, both directly and through state-owned enterprises, was still the source of more than three-quarters of Cuba’s economic activity. Government investment represented just 9.1% of GDP in 2012, versus 14.2% in 1989, which Hernandez-Cata said “reveals one of the most disturbing aspects of Cuba’s recent economic history: the weakness of capital formation.” (Official government figures put economy-wide fixed capital investment, from all sources, at 8.3% of GDP in 2013, considered low by international standards.)
4More Cubans are working for themselves. In 2013, according to state figures, more than 424,000 Cubans (8.6% of all workers) were classified as self-employed; as recently as 2009, fewer than 144,000 Cubans (2.8%) were.
The “microenterprise” sector may be even bigger due to the hiring of unregistered full- and part-time workers. Ted Henken and Archibald Ritter, researchers at Baruch College and Carleton University, respectively, estimate that as many as half of small enterprises employ at least one unregistered worker.
5Cuba mostly imports goods and exports services. Getting a clear read on Cuban trade is especially tricky, not least because exports and imports are effectively valued using different exchange rates. As The Economist recently explained, state-owned firms and foreign joint ventures value each ordinary peso at one convertible peso – that is, at $1: “The massively overvalued rate … creates huge distortions in the economy, allowing importers to buy a dollar’s-worth of goods for one peso.” While most of Cuba’s exports are in the form of services (such as doctors and teacher working overseas), nearly all of its imports are goods (petroleum, foodstuffs, machinery and equipment, and chemicals).
The 2015 Vaclav Havel prize 2015 was awarded to graffiti artist El Sexto, detained in December 2014 ( Diario de Cuba ) El Sexto used conceptually 2 animals (pigs) and named them Fidel and Raul Castro.
1 artist + 2 written names = indefinite imprisonment in Cuba.
In Oslo to collect the award on behalf of El Sexto was Lia Villares, bassist, thinker, photographer, researcher and activist, and participant of Estado de SATS.
El Periodico de Aragon (MTJ EFE 05/28/2015) reported the event:
Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto, jailed after making an analogy in a art piece between the Cuban regime and George Orwell’s Animal Farm, received yesterday-though not present– the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Foundation (HRF) award named “Creative Dissent”
“When everything becomes dark and hopeless, there is always a ray of light that gives power to the motor of our faith and encourages us to continue” began the speech written by El Sexto from his Valle Grande prison cell. Lia Villares, Cuban bassist, member of the rock band Porno for Ricardo was commissioned to read the document. Porno Para Ricardo’ s former bassist William Retureta, asked for asylum in the Czech Republic after a tour of the band in Europe. “For someone who is committed to the place and time that lives and dreams of a better future for his family, this award is that: a liberating light that gives me more strength to continue” Villares said paraphrasing the artist, facing a background showing a self portrait drawn in prison by El Sexto.
Maldonado drew on two pigs with the names of Raul and Fidel in his version of Animal Farm, a criticism of the Cuban regime for which he was jailed last December.
El Sexto dedicated the award to “the most courageous women of Cuba, the Ladies in White, who are beaten and arbitrarily detained every Sunday after going to Mass and his daughter who wished to grow in a land where her dreams are not censored or crushed. “
In his letter he referred to Cuban writer Ángel Santiesteban imprisoned as well, and artist Tania Bruguera, who’s Cuban passport has been withheld by the authorities.
El Sexto shares this award with Sudanese group Girifna nonviolent resistance and Indonesian comedian Sakdiyah Ma’ruf, who stressed that Maldonado “is in prison for his provocative art.” and got laughter and tears from people as she pointed that she had gotten a “haircut” and “shaved her legs” for the occasion. The details could be seen for she wore veil and clothes that cover her entire body except for her hands and face. ”
El Vaclav Havel de ha sido otorgado al artista graffitero El Sexto. El Sexto se encuentra detenido desde Diciembre del 2014, según reporto en su momento Diario de Cuba. Su crimen fue el uso conceptual de 2 animales (cerdos) a los que bautizo como Fidel y Raul Castro. En Cuba ahora mismo 1 artista + 2 marranos = encarcelamiento indefinido. Ese es el algoritmo del problema.
En Oslo para recoger el galardón estuvo Lia Villares, bajista, pensadora, fotografo, investigadora y activista cubana.
EL Diario De Aragon (EFE M.T.J 05/28/2015) lo reporto asi:
“El grafitero cubano Danilo Maldonado, conocido como El Sexto y encarcelado tras hacer una analogía en una obra entre el régimen cubano y Rebelión en la Granja, de George Orwell, recibió ayer –aunque no estuvo presente– el premio Václav Havel a la disidencia creativa de Human Rights Foundation (HRF).
“Cuando todo se torna oscuro y desesperanzador, siempre hay un rayito de luz que da fuerza al motor de nuestra fe y nos impulsa a seguir”, comenzó el discurso preparado por El Sexto desde la prisión de Valle Grande, con motivo de la entrega del premio. Lia Villares, bajista del grupo cubano Porno para Ricardo desde que su predecesor, William Retureta, pidiera asilo en la República Checa tras una gira de la banda por Europa, fue la encargada de leer el discurso. “Para alguien que esté comprometido con el lugar y el tiempo que vive y que sueña un mejor futuro para los suyos, este premio es eso: una luz liberadora que me da más fuerza para continuar”, dijo Villares parafraseando al artista, frente a un fondo que mostraba un autorretrato que El Sexto ha dibujado en la prisión.
Maldonado dibujó a dos cerdos con los nombres de Raúl y Fidel en su versión de Rebelión en la Granja, crítica al régimen cubano por la que fue encarcelado en diciembre pasado.
El Sexto dedicó el premio a “las mujeres más valientes de Cuba, las Damas de Blanco, quienes son golpeadas y arrestadas arbitrariamente cada domingo después de ir a misa”, así como a su hija para quien deseó que crezca “en una tierra donde sus sueños no sean censurados o aplastados”. El grafitero también hizo referencia al escritor cubano Ángel Santiesteban, igualmente encarcelado, y a la artista Tania Bruguera, de quien dijo que le han retirado el pasaporte.
El Sexto comparte este galardón con el grupo de resistencia no violenta sudanés Girifna y con la cómica de Indonesia Sakdiyah Ma’ruf, quien recalcó que Maldonado “está en prisión por su arte provocador”. Esta arrancó risas y lágrimas al asegurar que se había “cortado el pelo” y “depilado las piernas” para la ocasión, un detalle que no se pudo apreciar dado que porta velo y ropas que cubren su cuerpo salvo manos y rostro.”
At SATS authors, artists, and reseachers have been supporting the studies being conducted by Tania Bruguera, who is investigating the intersection between Art and Social Activism.
Ms. Bruguera is a thinker, known for conceptualism and creating “uncomfortable situations” in “uncomfortable spaces” in other words, a nightmare for establishment types, in a well thought out and impeccably crafted Thought +Art = Action pattern.
Here Cubanet reports and we cite:
HAVANA, Cuba – On the afternoon of Sunday 24, at the headquarters of the International Institute of Activism Hannah Arendt, located on the street 214 Tejadillo in Old Havana, the performance ended 100 hours of reading the book “The Origins of Totalitarianism “conducted for the Havana Biennial, by artist Tania Bruguera. Then, when you close the doors of the institution and go to the street, Bruguera was arrested by the forces of State Security, and hours later released.
The political police mounted an intense police operation until about 5:30 pm. More than one hundred plainclothes officers roamed the reading center, while several patrol cars, a truck filled with members of the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) and a minibus with a dozen soldiers, awaited the order to arrest the artist and their guests.
The work, which began last May 20 had a wide participation, especially US domestic and foreign public. It consisted of the reading, analysis and discussion of the book of Hannah Arendt.
Bruguera said: “This performance is part of the project of the International Institute of Activism. I hope to contribute to the understanding of the role played and efficiency that has the art as an agent of social change. “
Yania Suarez, narrator, a contributor to several international publications and permanent participant of the performance, told CubaNet: “On Saturday 23, Tomas Sanchez, a Cuban artist living in the United States, invited Tania to visit his exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts. He could not enter, two police forbade state security. “
“The officers told him he was looking for trouble at the Biennale. She has a work in that institution within the permanent collection. Also Gorki Águila, a musician in the rock band Porno para Ricardo was arrested when he tried to put in one of the walls of the building a picture of Danilo Maldonado, “he added.
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All though US Cuba policy changed, this change has not benefited regular Cubans. Migration to the United States spiked a 118% in the last 3 months as its been widely reported. We believe there are two main forces driving these numbers up.
a) The rumor on the streets in Cuba: US immigration laws will change, Cubans may loose the right to a Green Card”.
Its common knowledge there are currently initiatives on this issue in the US House.
b) The everyday live for the Cubans:
a) The rumor on the streets in Cuba: US immigration laws will change, Cubans may loose the right to a Green Card”.
Its common knowledge there are currently initiatives on this issue in the US House.
b) The everyday live for the Cubans:
1- General Raul Castro is doing great, his people too, everyone knows his family controls everything, including them, all the businesses, the possibilities of decision making. All of it. Including the little entrepreneurship allowed.
2-The economy is not looking better for Cuban households either.
3-In Cuba we as Cubans can not legally engage in business dealings directly with investors, hedge funders, venture capitalists.
4-Cubans in general do not see there leaders to come to their rescue. Cubans see millions of workers being reshuffled into military /foreign investors ventures.
1-Power to decide what kind of education kids should receive. What schools they will attend.
2-Electing or voting out those that don’t perform the way it is expected of them. System that works for the people not against them.
3-Being able to deign the future in simple, yet key ways.
And a long list of things people do around the world but often take for granted.
With the Social Media first as a phenomena, now as a way of life, Cubans want to aspire to pursue, decide, and these two are nonnegotiable in Cuba today. Everyone must always obey the ruling family or face consequences.
SATS predicts a quantitative rise in Cubans migrating.
SATS is making an urgent plea to leaders as well as to those involved in some form of policy conversations with the Cuban government to ask them to immediately stop all forms of violence regular Cubans. Cubans have the right to do about our lives the way we choose, and those decisions belong only to that person.
- See more at: http://www.estadodesats.com/2015/05/tania-bruguera-el-sexto-gorki-aguila-sats-social-activism-works.html#sthash.rmULCYPv.dpuf
In the last couple of weeks, repression levels against the world-wide known group “Ladies in White”, other opposition activists and human rights advocates in Cuba has increased to what now surmounts to alarming levels.
Raul Castro’s government using paramilitary groups disguised as “upset Cubans workers responding to mercenaries” has increased both aggression and violence levels against peaceful activists. We think it is the result of different peaceful groups exercising their right to protests in public, as well as their rights to talk in public, talking about Cuban political prisoners.
Activists in Cuba are now routinely being subjected to and having to endure:
1 Mob attacks and beatings
2 Physical abuse
3 Mob style stabbings
4 Various types of torture
5 to express kidnappings (short,aggressive and awe ordeals, where one is left in the middle of nowhere)
6 Arbitrary arrests.
With the number of all of the aforementioned skyrocketing. All of these are well documented by internationally recognized monitors as as AI (Amnesty International)
The Forum for Rights and Freedoms and Civil Rights Defenders warns the international community on the deteriorating situation of Cubans who dare work in the field of Human Rights. With grave concern we annotate that we have noticed indifference on the part of the international community, most notably, the United States and some European Union nations, as well as the Vatican. It is now common knowledge, the latter played a critical role in facilitating the talks between the Cuban government and the present U.S. administration, which later paved the way resulting in the agreement made public on December 17th, 2014. We believe the current escalation of aggression on the part of the Cuban government against our family members, friends, even our children is directly linked to the silence and indifference of the international community.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights – of which Cuba is signatory – The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – of which the government of Raul Castro signed but has yet to ratify– and as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association Maina Kiai put it in a recent writing, governments shall ensure the full exercise of freedom of assembly, association and peaceful demonstration.
The Forum for Rights and Freedoms and Civil Rights Defenders calls on the international community to act NOW against the dangers that Cuban human rights defenders are facing. It is time for the American and European governments, usually eager to improve their relations with the Cuban government, to use their leverage speaking out against the worsening of what is is already a challenging life.
Antonio G. Rodiles, Coordinating Committee, Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Erik Jennische, Programme Director for Latin America, CivilRightsDefenders
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Stockholm, April 4- 2014.
Human rights activist, physicist researcher and SATS director Antonio G. Rodiles, participating in “Empowering Human Rights Defenders at Risk” a conference organized by the organization Civil Rights Defenders in Sweden.
Prof. Rodiles explained to all of those present the context of the situation for Cubans at large.
(Video Production by Guillermo Milán and Eva Belfrage.)
Five years after Cuba’s representative signed the United Nations Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the situation with regards to fundamental rights in Cuba remains precarious. The violation of fundamental rights is not only a part of the repressive apparatus of the State, but our national legislation itself imposes restrictions on these freedoms enshrined in international law.
The Cuban Constitution formally recognizes the fundamental freedoms of assembly, association and expression, but immediately establishes limitations that barely allow the exercise of them. The practice of these rights can always be considered contrary to the interests “of the Cuban people to build socialism and communism,” and therefore swept away with great violence and impunity. In short, none of the fundamental rights are legally guaranteed.
To punish these “contrary interests” the Criminal Code provides for sentences of 10 to 20 years in prison or the death penalty for anyone “who, in the interests of a foreign State, commits an act with the intent of undermining the independence of the Cuban State or the integrity of its territory.”
Another of the offenses widely used to limit the exercise of these rights is the charge of a “propensity” to commit crimes demonstrated by conduct that is in manifest contradiction with the norms of the “socialist morality.” Any police officer may issue an “official warning” against an individual if the officer perceives them to be “dangerous” or to have ties to “potentially dangerous people.” Anyone who has received one or more official warnings may be charged with “dangerousness” and sentenced to up to four years in prison.
Currently still in force is the Law of Protection of National Independence and the Economy of Cuba (Law No. 88) enacted in 1999 by the National Assembly. Law No. 88 provides penalties of 7-15 years in prison for supplying the “enemy” with information that could be useful for strengthening measures against the government of Cuba. The deprivation of liberty may be up to 20 years in the case of information obtained surreptitiously. This law also prohibits the possession, distribution and reproduction of “subversive material,” and establishes prison sentences of up to five years for collaborating with radio stations, television stations or publications deemed to be in the service of foreign powers. The law also imposes unacceptable limits on freedom of association and assembly.
The Cuban State has ratified more than forty international treaties on human rights; however, none of these norms are directly applied to the legal system, principally by the courts. This means that the rights protected by these international norms are, in practice, a “dead letter.”
Total control over all communication media, as provided in the Constitution, includes the written press, radio broadcasts, television or any other means of communication, such that the right to freedom of expression is restricted. Official recognition and registration is denied to unions, civil, professional and human rights associations not belonging to the apparatus of the State or to mass organizations controlled by the government.
Those who try to express their opinions, organize meetings or form associations that contradict the policies of the government or the objectives of the State, are in danger of being subjected to punitive measures such as imprisonment, dismissal, harassment or intimidation.
The arrests and beatings of defenders of human rights, dissidents and political opponents, and independent journalists are common. In some cases they are detained for hours, in others they have been held without charges for months and, on occasion, without trial, on suspicion of participation in activities considered to be counterrevolutionary or for equally vague accusations. In some cases, opponents are summarily tried and sentenced in the space of a few days. Harassment and intimidation of critics and political dissidents and their families at the hands of official groups in so-called “acts of repudiation” constitutes psychological torture, given the tension it can generate for the victims and their families.
Independent local and international human rights NGOs have a great difficulty reporting on human rights violations. The latter are not allowed to visit the island, which contributes to hindering the observation of the human rights situation.
It is incomprehensible that democratic governments embrace a totalitarian system that bears the main responsibility for the disaster befalling our nation. The Cuban people have the right to life, to live and feel pride in their land. Why not listen to us? Why allow us to be covered with a mantle of rhetoric, full of absurd and outdated terms, repression and national ruin?
A true transformation for our people implies, above all, changing laws, regulations and administrative practices that relate to all fundamental freedoms in accordance with international obligations contracted by the Cuban state, as well as the provision of full legal guarantees.
The defense of fundamental rights entails not only an ethical commitment. No society can be viable while ignoring human beings, never before has the nexus between respect for the individual and the development of nations been so clear.
How long should the Cuban people endure the misery associated with the disrespect of our fundamental rights and the imposed material misery that has caused so much pain and damage to our nation? Our country languishes in a calamitous economy with its collapsed infrastructure and an asphyxiating decapitalization. How many more Cubans will have to escape from our country to seek a dignified life in other lands?
For all this, the Campaign for Another Cuba was launched in August 2012, a campaign arising from civil society to demand that the Cuban government immediately ratify and implement the United Nations Covenants.
This effort has been coordinated by hundreds of activists and dissimilar groups the length and breadth of the island, who are working towards regaining our fundamental rights, rights that never should have been severed for any reason. Undoubtedly, this requires the efforts of many pushing from civil society to change a reality that has shown itself to be deeply impervious to change. However we are confident that we will succeed.
We also hope for the just support of the entire regional and international community to exert pressure towards the democratization of our land.
Organizing Committee of the Campaign For another Cuba.
Ailer Gonzalez Mena (Artist, State of SATS)
Alejandro González Raga (former prisoner of conscience, Cuban Observatory of Human Rights)
Alexis Jardines (Philosophy Professor, State of SATS)
Angel Moya (former prisoner of conscience, Coordinator Democratic Freedom Movement for Cuba)
Antonio G. Rodiles (SATS State Coordinator)
Eduardo Díaz Fleitas (former prisoner of conscience, Pinar del Rio Democratic Alliance)
Felix Navarro (former prisoner of conscience, Pedro Luis Boitel Democracy Party, Executive Secretary FANTU)
Guillermo Fariñas (former prisoner of conscience, Spokesman FANTU)
Iván Hernández Carrillo (former prisoner of conscience, Confederation of Independent Workers of Cuba)
Jose Daniel Ferrer (former prisoner of conscience, UNPACU Coordinator)
Jose Diaz Silva (former political prisoner, Opposition Movement for a New Republic)
Laritza Diversent (CUBALEX)
Librado Linares (former prisoner of conscience, Cuban Reflection Movement)
Luis Felipe Rojas (Writer)
Manuel Cuesta Morua (Progressive Arch, New Country)
Raul Risco (Pinar del Rio Democratic Alliance)
Veizant Boloy (Independent Lawyer)
Yaremis Flores (Lawyer, CUBALEX)
Rene Gomez Manzano (former political prisoner, Lawyer, Corriente Agramontista Association of Independent Lawyers)
Many people wonder what on earth does “sats” mean? Does it have something to do with the SAT I and SAT II college entrance exams in the United States? Could it be an acronym? Well, it’s none of that. Although it is (wrongly) written as an acronym, it is a Scandinavian term used in the theater world that means, “the point of departure in the action, the point when the movement begins and, in turn, the opposite of the sense in which the action unfolds.” A concept, in my opinion, quite convoluted and excessively subtle.
Logo created by Garrincha for the campaign
Several weeks ago the document “Citizen Demand for another Cuba” was released, signed by hundreds of Cubans on the island and the diaspora, demanding that the government put into practice immediately the legal and political guarantees endorsed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, through the ratification of the signing of the Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, which were signed by the Cuban authorities on February 28, 2008 in New York, and so far have been a dead letter for all Cubans.
This demand was delivered to the headquarters of the National Assembly as written evidence of our attachment to our rights under the Constitution of Cuba and the definitive will to fight for changes that will permit a democratic transition on the island.
Corresponding to the Citizen Demand, a campaign at the national level has recently been launched to collect the signatures of Cuban citizens who consider it their right to join this civic claim. This is a legal action recognized by the Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — to which, in its development, Cuba was a promoter and a signatory — and by the Covenants themselves. It is urgent that Cubans understand that the changes we dream of can only be obtained by ourselves.
We know that the government is not going to respond this time to our just demands. We know that the forces of repression are going to increase their harassment of the civic activist of this campaign; but — regardless of the number of the signatures and the official action — this is, above all, a moral action that cannot be postponed. This is an action that calls for the presence of all dignified Cubans, regardless of their ideology, their political sympathies or their religious creed. It is about recovering our citizenship, saving ourselves from the shame.
In the coming months, the campaign “the other Cuba” will be developed through cultural and civic initiatives: concerts, performances, pamphlets and much more. We hope that all Cubans with a democratic vocation will support us in this and help us to spread both the activities of the campaign as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and in particular its related Covenants. Every Cuban needs to be fully aware of their rights and the practice of them. Who knows if we may be brewing a plebiscite in favor of freedom and democracy in Cuba!
August 6 2012
Literature in Liberty: With Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo and Cuban New Thought contest winners (e-Maro, Frank Correa, Orlando Freire Santana, Dimas Castellanos)
Ave 1ra %46 y 60 #4606. Miramar, Playa. La Habana.
Saturday September 1, 12:02 PM
Detained @OLPL and Silvia Corbelle for Event at Estado de Sats:
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo has just been arrested by force, his mobile was open and you could hear screams and threats. Orlando Luis was to present the winners of the New Thinking contest this evening at SATS.
In the morning, agents of the State Security have been visiting the homes of potential attendees to try to dissuade them from going to Estado de Sats, telling them that they will not allow the meeting.
Orlando Luis, arrested in front of his mother, who is very affected, he is at the Aguilera police station in Vibora. We are going there right now. Estado de SATS WILL BE IN FRONT OF THE POLICE STATION, ENOUGH WITH REPRESSION!
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Orlando’s voice [recorded the previous day – you can listen here]:
“Friends, colleagues, and readers of the free world: this is Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo speaking to you, blogger and photographer from Havana. For weeks an endless set of plainclothes agents, on foot and in cars, have been monitoring the house where I live in Lawton, 10 de Octubre, the home of some friends in Buena Vista, and the home of my girlfriend where we often spend the night in San Miguel de Padron.
State Security was among the neighbors stoking the rumor, the terror, that I am planning subversive meetings and that they should be vigilant towards me because there is soon going to be a “fat” operation against me. Perhaps they are intending to search and seize my belongings; perhaps my time came for prison and torture with the official farce. Maybe I should get sick and die in a State Hospital like Laura Pollán; perhaps the next taxi that comes is going to crash thanks to some Cuban Carromero*.
This is not a denunciation. This is a goodbye.
I’m ready, Ministry of the Interior bastards.
I am free before and after Fidel.”
*Translator’s note: Angel Carromero is the Spaniard who was driving the car when Oswaldo Payá was killed in a crash.
Yoani Sánchez demands from Twitter (@ yoanisanchez):
#Cuba They tell is at the Police Station they will allow us to pass “toiletries” to OLPL soap, toothpaste, towel… Why don’t they release him?
#Cuba We are demanding they free @OLPL A group of us are pressuring in front of Section 21 [State Security] and another in front of the El Cotorro Police Station.
#Cuba In front of the Cotorro Police Station we are congregating — some friends of OLPL – a small way to pressure.
#Cuba The station where @OLPL and his girlfriend Silvia are being held http://twitpic.com/aq42dm
#Cuba We are arriving at Cotorro Station still no confirmation that @OLPL is there. Lawyers with @ajudicuba [Cuba Law Association] at Section 21
#Cuba The police have stopped us surrounding the car and won’t let us proceed. But we will continue on foot.
#Cuba Call the 106 phone number of the police and they told me they took @OLPL to Cotorro Station but still unconfirmed
#Cuba We go to Section 21 in 110 Street and 31st headquarters of Section 21, which deals with repressing opponents, activists and @DamasdBlanco [Ladies in White]
#Cuba At Aguilera Station but @OLPL is not on the detention list, we continue to insist http://twitpic.com/aq3ccr
#Cuba they have carried out an operation against @OLPL as if he were drug kingpin or terrorist, when in fact peaceful man, armed with words
#Cuba We come to Aguilera station to find out what happened to @OLPL at Aguilera Street and 9 de Abril and Lugareno, Lawton
#Cuba A neighbor near the place told me they took @OLPL to the Aguilera station.
#Cuba They have cut @OLPL’s line, just before screams were heard but distorted by motion and distance. I recorded a little …
#Cuba A police patrol just brought out @OLPL and Silvita headedd for home after being freed.
#Cuba @OLPL thanks everyone for their solidarity, his phone is still somewhat “annoyed”, there are many others arrested this day.
#Cuba Thanks to all. I go to sleep with a restlessness and tranquility: this is going to be a lot, but solidarity saves us
At 11:30 PM Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo @OLPL and Silvia Corbelle were released. Many inside and outside #Cuba helped to achieve it!
#Cuba In the next tweets I want to thank many who helped, yesterday, to spread the news of the arrest of @OLPL
#Cuba this morning just released Manuel Cuesta Morua, but Hugo Damian and two colleagues are still missing, location unknown.
1 September 2012
Rolando López Martínez
Jesús Aguilera Villaruela
Antonio Caballero Pupo
Luis Miguel Gómez Hernández
Bernardo Torres Roldán
Alberto García Silva
Maidalis Guerrero Silva
Yoandra Guerrero Silva
Maris Rosa Rodríguez Silva
Santiago Yordan Rio
Angel Luis Téllez Aguilera
Bárbara Bauzá Dri
Hugo Damián Prieto Blanco
San Luis (Santiago de Cuba)
Roberto González Feria
Mauro Mir Espinosa
Ricardo Guzmán Calzado
Santiago de Cuba:
Walter Clavel Torres
Anger Antonio Blanco
On Friday, August 10, in the vicinity of the headquarters of Estado de Sats, an operation was undertaken by State Security, with the participation of the police force, to prevent the public from attending the screening of the documentary Knockout, in our space: Cinema At All Costs.
It appears that the option of a repudiation rally, which they were planning and which we gained knowledge of and denounced, was changed for this operation, in which the following people (known to us, so far) were arrested and taken to different police stations:
Rene Ramón González
All were released hours later with the exception of Eugenio who was still being held as this note was being prepared.
Others attending were denied access to the site.
This morning we heard through a friend that on Thursday the workers of the Labiofam company were notified that they would participate, today, in an act of repudiation* in front of the Estado de Sats headquarters.
A few minutes ago we returned from the Fifth Station of the PNR (National Revolutionary Police), located at 7th Avenue and 62nd in
Miramar, where we delivered to the Station Chief, badge number 0037, the following document and warned of the possible consequences of undertaking these acts and provocations.
Havana, August 10, 2012
Chief of the 5th unit of the PNR of Miramar
Street 7th. A and 62, Playa Municipality
Through this communication the undersigned, Antonio E. Gonzalez Rodiles, a resident of 1st Avenue. No. 4606, between 46 and 60,
Miramar, Playa, I appear before you under the provisions of the Constitution in Article 63, “Every citizen has the right to lodge
complaints and petitions to the authorities and to receive appropriate attention in accordance with the law,” to put before you what I relate below:
- That in this day August 10, 2012, I learned of the intention to undertake what has euphemistically been called an “act of repudiation” in front of my home.
- That this action appears to be motivated by the undersigned being one of the promoters of a Citizen Demand urging the Cuban government to ratify the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural.
- That these documents were signed by the Cuban government for the people of Cuba on February 28, 2008, in New York City.
- That this citizen request was made in conformance with the legal framework that the country offers, without violation of any of the rights that the nation recognizes for all.
- That for over a year we have been conducting various cultural activities, lectures, artist showcases, film discussions, panels, etc., without, to date, there having been any alteration, even minimal, of the public order, which is why we believe that to undertake this alteration today, is closely tied to the UN Covenants which we already referenced.
- That, under section 286.1 of the current penal code, “He who, without legitimate reason, exercises violence toward another or threats to compel that at the moment the person to do what they do not want to do, whether just or unjust, or to tolerate another person to do the same, or to prevent him from doing what the law does not prohibited, is punishable by deprivation of liberty of six months to two years or a fine of two hundred to five hundred shares. He who by other means, prevents another person from doing what the law does not prohibit or from exercising their rights, is punishable by imprisonment of three months to one year or a fine of one hundred to three hundred shares.”
I thought it appropriate to bring to your attention the violation of the provisions of the Act so that you can fulfill your duty to maintain order and respect for citizens’ rights within the jurisdiction of your competence.
It is outrageous to see that the same government and the same criminal characters who instituted the firing squads and the long sentences in subhuman conditions as a way to maintain the terror, who ordered the repudiation rallies and beatings, attaching the people’s name as the author of these abominable acts, try to present themselves before Cuba and the world as paradigms of honesty and virtue.
The country lies in ruins and they don’t care, they display not the slightest dignity. They want to stay until the last moment, at any price, even provoking civil violence, seeing their allies as mere objects for their use. Fidel Castro did it at the Moncada Barracks attack when he supposedly lost his way in Santiago de Cuba, a city he knew very well, while other assailants fought and were killed. Raúl Castro did the same thing at the battle of Marcos Sánchez, in that now distant 1958, when cowardly and shamefully he fled, leaving behind all his troops.
These two characters keep the country in ruins. A constantly rising number of Cubans are literally crushed to death in the collapses of their disastrous homes, while Castro descendants assume the right to continue to plunder the nation of its funds, without rendering an account to anyone.
Waiting to beat the mourners coming from the church after the Mass for Oswaldo Payá
They and their sidekicks claim that we Cubans destroy each other like mad dogs, trying to sell ever more dearly the disaster they have provoked in our nation, they are insatiable, they are beings who profess an utter contempt for humanity, tolerance, humility, for our land.
Those who launched a rabid mob to beat people on the morning of July 24 during the funeral of opposition leader Oswaldo Payá, are the same ones who will give the order to shoot into a defenseless crowd, the same who prefer to drown thousands and thousands in a bottomless sea, rather than accept their ignorance and decay.
Hopefully the peons who form a part of and who cooperate with this nefarious machinery will begin to understand, for the good of all, that there is no action without consequence and that the winds are beginning to blow in favor of the truth.
1 August 2012