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    A Dangerous Situation

    6 de marzo de 2008

    A Dangerous Situation

    By Laritza Diversent

    HAVANA, Cuba – The situation on the ground today in Cuba is extremely
    dangerous and delicate. It has been clouded now by the widely
    predicted, but diffuse renunciation, of to the main people
    in charge of running the country.

    The new government has tried to demonstrate confidence and political
    security. All of it is simple and superficial. They are conscious of
    the crisis of legitimacy passing through the old communist direction.
    It is correlative to the need to reabsorb this group along with having
    to renew the social consensus.

    The current hegemonic crisis of the governing elite results from the
    failure of their ethical and political direction. From the beginning,
    they decided to make propaganda to the Castrista ideology, but far from
    obtaining the necessary social control in order to govern, the ways of
    thinking and working have been standardized on a national level.

    The persistence of the social conflicts and the lack of organization are
    the best evidence of the current political crisis. When speaking about
    the conflicts, I am referring to the development and increase in the
    number of the social ills inside the country, such as administrative
    corruption, activities, delinquency, prostitution, etc. These
    types of conduct go against the legally imposed order. Besides being a
    means of subsistence, they constitute forms of dissent and rebellion
    against the norms being imposed by the communist bureaucratic oligarchy
    to conform.

    In turn, the government is conscious of these phenomena and of the
    consequences that they could bring in the future. Nevertheless, these
    forms of social reaction currently do not pass for being primarily
    demonstrations. This is exactly where the danger lies. The Cuban
    people neither have the means nor the capacity of being social and
    politically reoriented and organized. After almost fifty years, the
    communist government has transformed the nation. A people full of
    combative traditions became a mass of passive citizens.

    A typical Cuban of today sees the State as something unconnected to
    them. He feels that without his intervention something will occur
    anyway. He has been led to believe that above him a phantasmagoric
    omnipresent and autonomous divinity entity exists. Consequently, the
    people are uninterested in the political culture. They are only
    interested in the particular individual involved. The people may know
    to read and to write, but the qualification is not culture.

    The difficulties of our economic situation, the hunger and fear of
    repression have alienated us from being part of the construction of our
    own destiny. In the Cuban society, social groups with power don't
    exist. There is no program for the transition to democracy, nor
    established strategic alliances. It does not feel like political

    At this moment, we have governmental elites that are willing to run the
    risk to a dark future by making demagogic promises. The ones Castro
    made last December 24 to the people of Santiago de Cuba to win their
    votes exemplify this. But, the elites maintain their power by making
    these sacrifices. They serve Raúl in order to crush and to decimate the
    opposition of the political legitimacy it might have. They do not
    intend to recognize such opposition, but they are conscious that it exists.

    By renewing the Castrista's stay in power, the field is open to the use
    of force as a solution. This can enliven the dark forces represented by
    the charismatic, providential men of Cuban communism. Personalities
    like the Castros.

    As it currently is, the current political crisis unfolding in Cuba has
    created a dangerous situation.

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