Young people give their opinion in social networks on the situation in Cuba (II)

Young people give their opinion in social networks on the situation in Cuba (II)
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21 July 2021
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One week later, the events of the July 11th continue to spark public debates inside and outside the island, in both the physical and the virtual space.

Several international media have addressed these events and their immediate repercussion with somehow inaccurate information. Algorithms of social networks and the management of a group of platforms focused on undermining the revolutionary status quo converge in the goal of showing a government detached from the needs of its people. They try to sell the idea that the Revolution lacks of popular support.

But, what are the views of some young people in Cuba in their social networks on Cuba’s current situation? Is there a general tendency to challenge constituted authority?

Rodolfo Romero Reyes, General Coordinator in Contexto Latinoamericano (Latin American Context)

(…) Malicious individuals are posting fake news and their goal is to sow panic (…) or they aim to turn you against local authorities (by saying a policeman murdered a child, in Tunas first, then in Granma, all fake news). Please do not echo unfounded rumors. Confirm the events first. Do not contribute with the spreading of chaos.

(…) Do not fuel the rumor of political disappearance. This are not Videla’s days in Argentina or Batista’s here in Cuba. They are not disappeared: they are arrested, in jail. And they will be freed as the others who have been released. But watch out: those who threw stones and plunder shops, they will be taken to court. Cuba’s streets have always been calm. This country cannot turn into chaos where violence and crime prevail.

(…) I believe in the unity of the Cuban people and I disapprove physical violence as a solution to any conflict. I do not hate any of my former classmates who decided to live in Miami. I do not disrespect any of them because they think differently. However, I have seen either in my profile or in others’, hate-filled messages because we have a different opinion, online repudiation rallies, very similar to those they once criticized.

(…) There are a lot of people proud of the photo with the man above the patrol car. Actually, I am ashamed with that photo. That is not having a different opinion. That is not wanting a better nation.

(…) No one wants to see any friend imprisoned for thinking differently. And no one wants to be in a hospital or a shop and suddenly being bombed with stones thrown by criminals.

(…) I will never take sides with those who hate and despise me. I will live in Cuba sovereignly with its own crisis, its long lines, its lack of food, but together with those people who mobilize to take and donate the few existing medicines to Matanzas, the same people who want quiet streets, and not missiles falling.

 

Ailet Hernández Salina, specialist at the Fidel Castro Ruz Center

Hoyo Colorao’s song Di que no is ringing in my ears today. (…) The word “intervention” storms in my mind. I am concerned. I get anxious. And I know it is not what I want.

(…) We are going to solve our issues and differences by ourselves. But here, and no one cannot tell us what to do; there are things that must be done better. We all know that. And with constructive criticism and actions we can help to achieve the improvement we want, but from respect, unity and understanding.

Conflicting views are everywhere. Even longtime best friends have them. But we must always reach an agreement and never being influenced by third parties, but by the existing love among our people.

Were there rallies on Sunday and on Monday? Yes, sure. Have the epidemiological and economic situation of Cuba worsened? Yes, sure. Does the U.S. blockade aggravate this situation? Yes, and we cannot deny it. But…are people being slaughtered? No, never. Does not sound the word “slaughtering” extreme to you?

Therefore, friends of Cuba, let’s defend unity, independence, and sovereignty. Let’s work together for the sake of the wellbeing of ALL with respect.

Let’s not spread hatred and never incite violence.

“Let’s say NO to war, brother. Let’s put our hand together. Let’s dream about our future.”

 

Iramis Rosique, specialist at Red en Defensa de la Humanidad

(…) The most marginalized and humble groups of the population hit the streets to protest. It is the same sector of the population that has suffered the most the effects of the U.S. blockade and the flaws of the model. I perfectly understand it. And I have said it in every interview I have granted in Cuba and to foreign media. But that does not make it any less the fact that such legit right is being used by an agenda that it is not theirs. An agenda that is not only related to interventionism (unlikely already), but it is also linked to the eradication of everything created from 1959 to date. In that agenda, these people do not win. And almost no one wins. Has “normal” capitalism solved any problem of this social stratum in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, the U.S.?

By the way, to those who believe (or want to believe) that this is between the State (as imaginary subject) and the people, let me tell you that not only the military, the ruling class, and individuals owning MLC (foreign currency) has something to lose. There are a lot of people defending socialism, the Revolution and our sovereignty, and none of them want the Americans (or others) to come here and give orders, nor they want the end of the social peace with which their children grew, nor they are going to give up to their dignity for a bunch of meat. There was no Homeland before the Revolution! Damn it!

*People cited here were asked and gave their consent so their opinions were taken from their personal profiles and publish here.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Díaz / CubaSí Translation Staff

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