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(en) Czech, AFED: Left. Another museum piece - Whoever defends the "socialist" open-air museum in Cuba himself belongs to the dustbin of history. [Traduction automatique]

Date Sun, 8 Aug 2021 09:51:48 +0300


Cuba ---- As we have already informed , on July 11, people took to the streets in dozens of Cuban cities to demonstrate against the current regime. As everywhere else in the world, they met with a repressive reaction. ---- The old authoritarian left around the world has a weakness for the Cuban regime and defends it where it can. But there are also left-wing organizations that do not share and prove such nostalgia for the world, much of which was a "socialist camp", regimes that called themselves socialist, but in reality were (or still are) state capitalism without a hint. political freedoms, condemn as unacceptable.
However, the political party Levice is obviously not one of such groups. On the election battlefield, it is a marginal group, which is very closely staffed with the relatively long-standing Marxist group Socialist Solidarity. While the Cuban regime beats and arrests the disgruntled population, on 15 July the Left issued a statement entitled "Hands Off Cuba", complaining: "News of 3 days of protests in Cuba is filling the front pages of newspapers around the world, while (Just as the Left does not report on the unrest in Cuba, it does not inform the neoliberal media about the riots in states promoting neoliberal reforms.) The Left complains. to the USA US promotional machinery 'and calls for an ukoncení end to economic, the commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States. " On the other hand, he emphasizes the Cuban regime: "At the worst of the pandemic, Cuba helped distribute medical supplies and aid to third world countries and does not deserve to be used by the global crisis to satisfy its power ambitions at its expense." benevolent when she writes "Cubans have a right to protest, but the right to decide the future of Cuba belongs only to Cubans and not to anyone else, no matter how much America and its allies try." state despotism, where no form of protest or opinion different from that dictated by the local communist party is allowed.

It is very funny that the Left takes Mexican President Obrador as an authority, who has expressed support for Cuba. If the intention to visit Zapatistas in the Czech Republic is realized, you may hear very unflattering words from them about this politician. Even more than previous governments, it is promoting large-scale megaprojects of capitalist infrastructure, such as the so-called Mayan train or the canal connecting the Pacific with the Gulf, all at the expense and resistance of indigenous peoples, who will be directly affected by the megalomania.

The Left is really not a progressive force in this light that has the potential to show something new. He still plays the same theatrical piece that the authoritarian left has been showing us since its inception, and the fact that some of the scenery is painted with rainbow colors does not change anything. If he ends up in the elections of the Left, together with parodies of the left-wing parties, which are the Czech Social Democrats and the KSCM, in a political museum, no one has to regret anyone twice.

Uprising in Cuba

On Sunday, July 11, workers across Cuba spontaneously questioned power. This event is of the utmost importance and represents an important stage in the rebirth of the social movement in Cuba. It was not led by an internationally recognized dissent or by any foreign power, as the government is trying to claim. The protests concerned about 40 localities, ie. that it is by far the largest protest mobilization since 1959.

The immediate causes of the uprising can be summarized as follows:
* tightening of the embargo by the Trump administration,
* fall in the country's main sources of income (funds sent by relatives in the United States, tourism and medical services abroad),
* reduced oil supplies from Venezuela,
* strong inflation,
* lack of food, medicine and other basic means,
* health situation caused by covid.

On the first day of the uprising, the regime was taken aback. In the later hours, the police began to intervene. In some places, people have even managed to drive it away. There was looting of MLC shops (something like Tuzex used to be in our country, ie a shop only for mobile people and thus symbolizing inequality in society). In his speech, President Diaz-Canel condemned the "counter-revolutionaries" he had directly linked to the US strategy of overthrowing the government and called on the "revolutionaries" to take to the streets to stand up to the demonstrators.

The next day, internet traffic was very limited. The government has admitted the death of a protester in Arroyo Naranjo during a protest in front of a police station in a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of the capital. The demonstrations that took place were attacked by the police and supporters of the regime. People were looking for their missing family members. Diaz-Canel denied repression against the protesters, which he described as "mercenaries paid by the United States."

On the third day, the number of arrests, injuries, potential deaths and disappearances was still unknown. A young youtuber, Dina Stars, was arrested in front of foreign journalists for "promoting the protests" and released the next day. The government has come up with "concessions" on the import of food, medicine and cleaning products by individuals and on wage policy in the public sector. The US government has said it will not accept any migrants. The internet connection was restored on July 15, but the numbers of people affected by repression are still unknown.

The Cuban government has confirmed its intention to keep its teeth in power and to crack down on any popular uprising. She is willing to pit Cubans against herself and agree only to temporary crumbs to buy peace for them.

The voice of anarchists

Cuban anarchists also comment on the unrest. One described for the Freedom News mode: which again manifested themselves in disobedience and solidarity between equals in the midst of a spiral of pandemic and scarcity. This is a new reality born in Cuba these days, a new reality that we, as anarchists in Cuba, want to be a part of. "

The anarchist collective Taller Libertario Alfredo López commented, among other things: "The people of Cuba have the right to protest, as do the people of Colombia and Chile. What is the difference? That they are oligarchies of different origins? With more or less brutal practices? More or less distinguishable camouflage? More or less servile attitudes towards the US government? More or less noble statements to justify their privileges? "

To approach what is happening in Cuba, we recommend, for example, a university student's statement about his participation in a protest in Havana ( HERE ) or a double interview with a Cuban anarchist and anarchist ( HERE ).

https://www.afed.cz/text/7440/levice-dalsi-muzejni-kousek
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