A threshold for the citizenry and civil society from within Cuba.
Pinar del Río, Cuba, March 25, 2010
Hon. Mr. Lech Walesa,
Former President of the Republic of Poland
Honorable Mr. President:
Receive our cordial greetings.
Cuba is living in the most critical time of the last decades. Twenty years after the transition to democracy in the countries of Europe and Asia, Cuba is still torn between the immobility of its rules and the vibrant emergence of a free civil society.
The political project of communism is exhausted here, as it is throughout the world. The Cuban economy is in collapse because of the blockade the system has over entrepreneurial initiative and the productivity of its citizens. Society lives in a deep and painful division between those who think in one way or another; between those who live on the Island and in Exile; between those who use violence and those who suffer it; between those few who have access to resources and those who survive in penury. The true Cuban culture is rich and diverse, but it too is censored for ideological reasons. And when freedom and creation and expression is suppresses, it subjugates the soul of the nation and causes major anthropological damage to human beings.
Cuba, however, the Cubans both here and in the Diaspora, have an immense wealth in its people and its country: We can see this in the free cultural creation that rises above censorship. We look with hope on the private and community initiative of the citizens pushing to emerge, that will guarantee the economic reconstruction of the country. The network of Cuban civil society is growing, weaving itself with care, creativity and boldness into a co-existence without exclusions. And several groups of Cubans thing, design and undertake various political projects to bring democracy when the dawn comes. In this we base our fundamental home and confidence in the Cuban people.
Finally, it seems that the international community and public opinion in more than a few countries, is hearing the old cry of the real Cuba which, for 50 years, has been distorted by the siren song of the virtual Cuba. t has taken the sacrifice of one of our contemporary martyrs, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, to leave behind that long road when no one, or almost no one, was listening.
You, Sir, are one of those people who have always been attentive to the true voices of the Cuban people, and for this we thank you, and wish to appeal to you to convey to your colleagues and to all who participate in this meeting, and subsequent events, our gratitude for all you have done for freedom, for your unlimited respect for Human Rights, and for the gradual and peaceful change to democracy in Cuba.
The moment we are living in is a mixed one, as we try to communicate to you our suffering and our hope. If the Cuban government does not open the door to change it will unfortunately reinforce violence and no one wants that, not inside nor outside of Cuba. In this critical and shining hour, the international community can hear the cries of the Cuban people which can be summed up in a simple demand: We want, for Cuba, the same rights and duties, the same freedom and responsibility, that all the democracies in the world desire for their respective countries. Why should Cuba be an exception when we are culturally rooted in the faithful of America and in the heart of the western world.
Allow me, Sir, on my own behalf and in the name of the publishers, editors and contributors of the Coexistence Magazine Project, from the interior of Cuba, thank you for your love for our Country and reiterate to you our highest regard and admiring respects, praying to the Lord our God, and to our Mother the Virgin of Charity, for the greatest blessings of heaven for you, your family and your colleagues.
Director of Coexistence Magazine