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(en) Cuba: Press release - Movimiento Libertario Cubano in solidarity with the Cuban people. Please Spread (ca,pt)

From "Acracia Fernandez" <movimientolibertariocubano@yahoo.com.mx>
Date Wed, 28 Jul 2004 17:28:52 +0200 (CEST)

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In face of the following commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the
assault on Moncada fort on 26th July, it is our responsibility to make
the following manifesto public.
The Movimiento Libertario Cubano [Cuban Libertarian Movement] is
seeking to develop and spread anti-authoritarian revolutionary activism
in Cuba in particular and throughout the American continent in general,
with the aim of building a more effective anti-authoritarian movement
which can take an active part in the real struggles of the oppressed
for the control over their own lives and in the counter-cultural
resistance worldwide.

We are not just another anti-authoritarian organisation, even less are
we a closed circle of "self-appointed leaders" hoping to represent
Cuban anarchism in its entirety. On the contrary, we are a network of
collectives and individuals with sections in different cities of the
world, which is working towards a more effective co-ordination between
the different currents that are today part of Cuban anarchism, ranging
from anarcho-syndicalism, revolutionary anarchism, anarcho-communism,
co-operativism, communalism, eco-anarchism and libertarian

Cuban anarchists have actively participated in the proletariat's
struggle for emancipation since the times of colonial oppression. The
struggle that developed from the mid- to the late 19th century, led by
the "3 Enriques group" (Enrique Roig de San Martín, Enrique Messonier
and Enrique Creci) is the best example of this. This revolutionary
anarchist group made their class position against the State and
political parties clear already in the year 1888, in the pages of the
anarchist paper "El Productor", through a series of texts under the
name of "Realidad y Utopía" [Reality and Utopia] (issues 1 to 6), which
explain in brief the global conception of our comrades of that time,
the struggle against the dominant mood, in a moment when democratic,
liberal annexionist, autonomist and independentist-nationalist
solutions ("Cuban national liberation") were dominant. Naturally, the
falsification of the History of the Workers' Movement, something still
in act today, has always sought to hide the importance of the anarchist
ideal in the development of the active struggles of the oppressed.

Cuban anarchists also bravely fought against the Machado and Batista
dictatorships, fighting on all fronts against the latter - some with
the eastern guerrillas, others in Escambray in the centre of the
island, while yet others joined in the urban conspiracy and fight.
There were also connections between the revolutionaries organized in
the fight against Batista and the anti-Franco anarchist militancy,
through the comrades Antonio Degas (a CNT member who had settled in
Cuba) and Luis M. Linsuain, the son of another well-known anarchist
(Domingo Germinal, who died in Alicante in the early days of the
Spanish Revolution). The goal of the anarchists was the desire of the
majority of the people - an end to the military dictatorship and
political corruption as well as the creation of a more open approach to
liberty, that would make the ideological continuity that could lead to
a Social Revolution possible, in spite of the threats of invasion.

Today, just as 45 ago, the Cuban people are living under an
interventionist threat from the Yankees and suffer the terror and
despotism of Castro-fascism, the only difference being the fact that
the repressive Castrist system is more sophisticated and even more
oppressive. The jails remain full of pacific opponents and young people
who have rebelled against the constant imposition of totalitarianism
and the lack of liberty. Once again, social fighters or those in
despair who are trying to flee from absolutism are being put up against
the wall.

And yet, inexplicably, the "Cuban Revolution" (as "leftists" still like
to call Castro-fascism) manages to obtain hypocritical "critical
support". We see vast sectors of the "left" standing against the death
penalty, against military service, against the media censorship,
against the fabricated trials of social activists on euphemistic
charges of "terrorism"; we see how they stand against the rule of
silence that forbids free radio channels, how they oppose nuclear
energy, how they denounce the spying by the repressive forces of their
own States but we also see how, notwithstanding all this, they remain
willing to justify all these wrongdoings, all this infamy, even going
so far as to support it and praise it in name of overriding

"Critical support" has been and is now a formula for foreign
consumption, not for use here. It is based on a strictly totalitarian
double-minded way of thinking - "with the revolution, against
imperialism". Those who do not support us are supporting Yankee
imperialism and are therefore labelled reactionaries. This kind of
thinking is the same that Hitler, Mussolini and Franco defended.

Sure, Castro-fascist propaganda on a world level has repeated this
formula with all the energy of its dollars and its invitations for free
holidays in Cuba, and there have always been plenty of second-rate
writers willing to disguise the Cuban reality with sermons and
parables. This results in helping to maintain the ignominious
conditions on an Island which is physically and economically
devastated, whose citizens defy all danger just to manage to escape and
where, ironically, funerals are free. A terrible despotism oppresses
our people and when someone denounces the crime, they are accused of
being on the imperialist payroll. But the reality is self-evident, one
that any curious traveller can witness as long as he does not reproduce
the siren song.

Within the "international anarchist movement", the positions concerning
the Castro regime are no longer the same as in the past, when some
anarchist sectors remained silent over Castro's crimes against our

Today, in fact, the loud voice of condemnation can be heard from our
anarchist comrades wherever they are against the Castro-fascist
dictatorship. We also see that the greatest defenders of the tyranny
are less and less a part of the real movement of the exploited, less
involved in the struggle to resist against capital, less present on the
barricades of direct confrontation, less involved among the women and
men who struggle in a horizontal, autonomous way for the
self-management of the factories, the community, the universities, the
neighbourhoods and our lives. On the contrary, the defenders of the
Castro regime can be found in the ranks of the reformists, of social
democracy, among the defenders of the "leftist" vote, Lula’s PT
members, among Kirchner sympathizers, in the Bolivarian bureaucracy of
Hugo Chávez, among the yellow PRI-ists of the PRD [in Mexico - ndt],
among the opportunists of the Salinist PT, among the ideologues of
Christian Democracy, among a whole range of bureaucratic left-wing
organisations extending from parasitic unions and State-client
organizations, to fossil student federations and popular fronts made up
of labels. And not only in these - it can be found in the capitalist
groups, either in Europe or Latin America, who invest in the Island,
preparing us to endure "capitalism with a human face", while repressing
self-managed struggles wherever they arise on the planet. Nowadays, the
Cuban regime with all its boasted progress is not even an example for
those who support it!

Today, Cuba is a huge farm in the hands of a cruel, bloodthirsty owner
who does not hesitate to escalate repression in order to continue
ruling. Cuba lacks any kind of freedom, individual or collective. Since
the fall of the Soviet "ancien regime", the economic crisis has been of
catastrophic proportions and from a situation where food was not
plenty, to one of ever-increasing scarsity. The working class has lost
all its rights and all the unions are State organisms; protesting is an
offence and strikes are a crime. All this may seem overstated but it is
the reality that this Island puts up with. And we invite any comrade
who wants to verify these facts for him or herself to visit Cuba, but
avoiding the "revolutionary" tours.

The last stand of Castroism is an efficient and imaginative propaganda
machine. In 1992, we saw it functioning during Castro's trip to the
Iberian Peninsula, to celebrate the 5th centennial of the genocide
together with other corrupt leaders, justifying with his presence 500
years of barbarous behaviour from the "madre patria" and other no less
cruel stepmothers. In that opportunity we could witness the level of
"leftist" hypocrisy when they should have denounced all those
governments that were part of this "celebration", they just downplayed
or omitted Castro’s contribution to this solemn occasion. Recently this
hypocritical behaviour of the "leftists" was again patent when Castro
visited Argentina for Nestor Kirchner's presidential inauguration, in
an open promotion of MERCOSUR, as the human face of market capitalism.

Today, exactly fifty years after the libertarian feat of the assault on
Moncada fort, anti-authoritarian Cuban revolutionaries once again see
the hypocritical behaviour of "revolutionary" social democracy, hidden
behind half a century of labels and demagogical micro-groups - some
cynically calling themselves "libertarian" - signing a call for
solidarity with the Castro-fascist dictatorship that has oppressed and
exploited our class brothers and sisters for these last 45 years.

Today we can witness a combination of a lack of historical memory among
our people, the brazen confusion of those who still follow orders from
the tyrant of Havana repeating lies when they claim that the
Castro-fascist regime "has always supported national liberation
movements in every part of the world and has fought against imperialist
policies". The Mexican revolutionaries have suffered in the flesh, like
few others on this continent, from the opportunism and shameless
manipulation by Castro who, justifying himself with inhuman "reasons of
State", has never supported insurrectionary revolutionary groups; on
the contrary he has always benefitted from very close relationships
with the dictatorship of the State party that oppressed and exploited
the Mexican people.

Countless uncontroversial occurrences confirm this. Just to mention
some facts, let us recall the Cuban presence in the 1968 Olympic Games,
ignoring the appeals for a boycott of these Games in clear alliance
with the dictatorship that had butchered hundreds of students in Plaza
de Tlatelolco. We could mention a long list of offences, such as
Castro's constant refusal to give weapons and military instruction to
specific Mexican groups, or the constant refusal of the Castro
government to seek justice at the International UN court in The Hague
for the mothers and relatives of those murdered and "disappeared"
during the years of the dirty war period.

We could also mention a large list of opposition and Revolutionary
movements that have suffered from the opportunism, manipulation and
shamelessness of the Castro-fascist dictatorship on our continent.
Mentioning them all would take up this entire manifesto. Let it suffice
to mention the independence movement in Puerto Rico; large sectors of
the anti-fascist left in Chile and Uruguay; the Brazilian revolutionary
movement; the revolutionary syndicalists in Bolivia and many many more.
Not to mention such worse and shameful acts like the treason against
the Eritrean liberation movement, where the Castro-fascist dictatorship
sent occupation troops to crush the independence aspirations of the
Eritrean people, to serve Soviet imperialism in the regretful years of
the so-called "Cold War".

To unmask all the demagogy and cynicism that pervades this appeal for
solidarity with the Castro-fascist dictatorship would take us about a
hundred pages, but we cannot allow them to go on with impunity using
Nazi methods, repeating the lie so often it eventually becomes the
truth. To say that the Castro-fascist dictatorship aims to build "a
more just society which gives priority to the people’s needs and the
most fundamental human rights such as education, health care, housing,
food and employment, contrary to other countries which are being
skinned by neo-liberal attacks", is not only a lie but outright

To speak about human rights in Cuba, omitting the hundreds of political
prisoners who suffer in the prisons of the dictatorship which can only
be compared in this hemisphere with the imprisoned population of the
USA, where an equally huge number of political prisoners suffer inhuman
sentences, whose status as political prisoners or prisoners of war is
not recognized. To speak of human rights in Cuba, when it is the only
country, together with the USA where the death penalty is enforced. To
speak about education in Cuba, where access to university-level degrees
depends on whether you adhere to and are an accomplice of the system
and on the hours of "voluntary" agricultural work you provide, where it
is not even allowed for students to choose their own careers. To speak
about health care in Cuba, with its unsanitary hospitals where not even
an aspirin is given to the patient, but if you have dollars you can buy
medicines or if you are a millionaire foreigner you can obtain the best
and most advanced medical service in the "tourism and health"
programmes. To speak about housing in Cuba, where thousands of families
live in apartments which are too small for them and where people out of
despair occupy empty houses and abandoned State buildings but are then
evicted and jailed. To speak about food when there is rationing, where
the food products that can be bought with Cuban currency are
diminishing and the only ones who can feed themselves with dignity are
those that have dollars to spend in supermarkets and OXXO shops - at
exorbitant prices. To speak about employment in Cuba, when 27% of the
population is unemployed and/or lives on illegal street trading,
prostitution or self-employment, such as bicycle-taxi drivers and
independent lorry drivers who are permanently threatened by high taxes
and bribes to the corrupt police. To speak about all these things ONLY

Today, the only way to pay homage to those that fell on the 26th July
1954, the only way to reaffirm our class position, the only way to be
coherently anarchist and revolutionary, the only way to show our
support to the Cuban people in this hour of renewed imperial threat, is
and always will be, by direct solidarity with the people - not with the
dictatorship. Workers, students, intellectuals, men and women fighting
shoulder to shoulder against the common enemy: Capital - be it the
neo-liberal kind or the State-capital kind such as the one that
enslaves the Cuban proletariat.




MovimientoLibertarioCubano <movimientolibertariocubano@yahoo.com.mx>

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