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(en) Cuba: libertarian appeal (ca,pt,fr)

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Date Sun, 5 Oct 2003 13:18:21 +0200 (CEST)

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Dear comrades,
As you will know, acting upon what we thought a pressing
obligation, at the start of September we sent out a letter
proposing the establishment of a support group for libertarians
and independent trade unionists in Cuba. The motives behind that
initiative were: the escalation of the crackdown on dissent and
the emergence of libertarians and trade unionists ready to
struggle for a trade union alternative independent of the Castro
regime or whatever may come after it.

Well, having received an affirmative response from all
consulted, we have concluded that the basis exists for the
establishment of that support group and that we should press on
as quickly as possible with its establishment, in that we have
all agreed that: - the role of protagonist belongs to the Cuban
people rather than to its ruling elites (as occurred in the
former Soviet Union) at home (Castroites) or abroad (Miami).

- civic participation should be underpinned by basic conditions
of freedom of _expression, reunion and assembly for all Cubans,
without exception.

- the social struggle will carry on in that State capitalism
(Castroism) and private capitalism (the capitalism of all the
parties that advocate the "free market") are the two faces of
exploitation and domination.

- Democracy and Cuban independence will be fictions under the
tutelage of the USA-EEC, just as much as the Revolution and
independence were under the tutelage of the USSR.

- democratic authoritarianism, bourgeois democracy is and ever
will be incompatible with the exercise of freedom and the
achievement of equality.

We therefore append our definitive proposal for the lay-out of
the Support Group for Cuba's libertarians and independent trade
unionists and would ask you to circulate it and let us have your
response as quickly as possible so that we may know how you
intend to collaborate with this publicity and solidarity

Paris 2 October 2003.

Daniel Pinos/ Nestor Vega/ Octavio Alberola


Appeal Addressed to Libertarians and to Libertarian
Organisations Generally

Dear comrades,

The intensification and increasing harshness of the crackdown by
the Castroite dictatorship against dissent and the emergence of
libertarians and trade unionists ready to campaign for a trade
union alternative independent of the Castroite regime or of
whatever may come after it, prompted us at the start of
September 2003 to set up a support group for Cuba's libertarians
and independent trade unionists.

One month on, given that the replies received to our initial
letter have been many and affirmative, we believe that the time
has come to invite all libertarians and all libertarian
organisations to rally to this initiative in order to facilitate
the establishment at international level of a coordinating body
representative of us all and which may strengthen our

To that end and on the basis of what the libertarian movement
actually represents in Cuba and around the World, we reckon that
the most effective form of operation (for the time being) is
that of an open, un-centralised network for the direct
circulation of news and suggestions (via the Internet or other
medium) insofar as we all have our news to offer or proposal to
make. This does not rule out the libertarian organisations -
especially the anarcho-syndicalist ones among them - setting up
a working party or international coordinating body to see to it
that solidarity is as widespread and effective as possible.

Nor does it rule out the possible establishment (along
geographical lines, etc.) of autonomous support groups since
solidarity need not necessarily be centralised. To that end and
right now we invite you to join this Network of solidarity with
libertarians and independent trade unionists in Cuba and we
invite you (as many as may wish to do so) to tell us if we may
pass your e-mail address on to anyone keen to take part. Allow
us, then, to offer you the e-mail address of the Cuban
Libertarian Movement (MLC): and inform you that, until such time
as the international Group or Coordinating Body is set up, the
address for the Support Group for Libertarians and Independent
Trade unionists in Cuba (GALSIC) is:

Tribuna Latinoamericana
145 rue Amelot 75011 - Paris (France)

E-mails: movimientolibertariocubano@yahoo.com.mx

The Support Group for Cuban Libertarians and Independent Trade

[trans. - cr]

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