The Anti-Castro Opposition in Times of Trump

June 9, 2017 | Print Print |

Vicente Morin Aguado

The road from Varadero to Cienfuegos. Photo: Monica Vilá

HAVANA TIMES — Financial aid to promote the full exercise of human rights in Cuba is a subject that we need to resolve ourselves, it would be a conclusive sign of support for an inescapable purpose. Both on and outside the island, there are sources to make this objective a reality. Therefore, we should not mortgage our country’s future depending on the upcoming or future decisions of another government.

The above doesn’t mean rejecting foreign aid in compliance with the solidarity of other governments if it is about exercising democracy, extending it, making it a reality in terms of freedoms such as the freedom of speech and association. There are actions that correspond to governments by nature and others that correspond to the peoples.

Dismissing the idea of foreign meddling in our domestic affairs once and for all is of the utmost urgency in order to give shape to an authentic opposition movement in Cuba. I’m talking about the self-sacrificing efforts of its members both in and outside Cuba, and taking into account what each and every one of them is able to provide in financial terms, depending on their individual will.

People’s rights are sacred, people exercise them themselves, they can’t be entrusted to neighbors no matter how supportive they are or seem. This is the only way that freedom fighters get the respect they deserve as those who are fighting to make count their condition as citizens of their birth country, origins and culture, without political distinctions, which are unacceptable because they are inherently discriminatory.

Cuba is a nation with a widespread diaspora, which is almost completely based in highly developed countries, where the majority are located in the United States. However, to date, it hasn’t been able to create an appropriate relationship between the exile community and national dissidence, capable of ensuring the premise of a necessary independence to a whole patriotic movement which is tackling a skillfully structured repressive machine.

Cubans who fight for the inalienable rights denied them, will only receive the due respect from their still apathetic compatriots and from international solidarity groups, including governments, when they are able to show their self-financing in the first place, which is relative to the quota of necessary sacrifice to their legitimate purpose.

By continuing to depend on the greater or lesser support from government bodies in other countries, especially in the United States, they are displaying an unacceptable dependence when it comes to politics, while this also means the reproachable position of waiting for others to resolve our problems.

When dealing with our powerful neighbor to the North, the dilemma will inevitably lead to a train of thought that is close to becoming two centuries old, always thriving among ourselves when it comes to independence: annexationism.

Mr. Donald Trump, with good or God knows what intentions, doesn’t govern Cuba, and our civility is on the line here. Paraphrasing a frequently cited statement from independence leader Antonio Maceo, you don’t beg for rights, you exercise them. There’s no time for waiting around for other people’s decisions when we’re dealing with such a sacred subject.

Vicente Morin Aguado:  ememultiplicada@nauta.cu

What's your opinion?

  • Michael Ritchie

    Well said.

  • Moses Patterson

    Can anyone name a single SUCCESSFUL self-financed revolution? I can’t. To that end, a self-financed counter-revolution is just as rare. Cuban dissidents will need foreign “help” to bring democracy to Cuba. To expect otherwise is just wishful thinking.

    • Ken Hiebert

      A good question and one that I haven’t asked myself before.
      Sun Yat Sen certainly raised money outside China, but I am not aware that he received any government money. One of his sources of money was ex-patriate Chinese.

      If Cuban opposition figures decided not to accept money from the US government they would still be able to raise money from Cubans living abroad. Would there by any political advantage to this? That depends on how Cubans view Cubans living in the US and elsewhere.

      • Carlyle MacDuff

        Our thinking on this is similar Ken. In my experience Cubans in Cuba still regard their relations in the US and elsewhere as Cubans and family. Many of them visit their families in Cuba on a regular basis and remember that remittances from the US alone total around $5 billion per year. To me that indicates that if an ‘underground’ movement became established, funding could well be available. The US has always proved to be inept at making secret payments – they are inevitably disclosed.
        However the current reality is that predominantly through the CDR, the regime has its eyes and ears in full operation and the chances of an ‘underground’ developing are faint.

  • Very well said.

  • bjmack

    I found your post, brilliant!

  • Nick

    Any Cuban sponsored by The US to do their bidding risks becoming a mere human tool.
    Useful in the short term.
    But ultimately expendable.
    There are many, many examples.
    The late Noriega being but one.

    • Carlyle MacDuff

      Nick, you will find a very interesting obituary to Manuel Noreiga in ‘The Economist’ of June 3, 2017. Plenty of fuel for your regular anti-USA rants.
      I am not joking, you will find it revealing! Page 82.

  • Carlyle MacDuff

    The historic relationship between Cuba and US governments does not lend itself to major financial support by the US government to dissident groups.
    But financial support by exiled Cubans including some 1.5 million in the US, is entirelt different. Jose Marti sought refuge in the US and it was there that he commenced his revolutionary actions.

  • N.J. Marti

    Totalitarian regimes always look strong right up until they suddenly fail. There is a certain fragility that comes with centralized control. What Cuba needs are alternative options for the regime failure that is comming. The centralized totalitarian socialist model has failed. A more dynamic democratic socialist state with a healthy market sector that provides opportunities for the young is desperately desired by the population. In 10 years the octogenarian’s running the place as well as their tired revolutionary tales will be fading memories. The longevity of success of the octogenarian’s carry with it the seeds of it’s own terminal end.