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    Old Tricks and Strategies / Laritza Diversent

    Old Tricks and Strategies / Laritza Diversent
    Laritza Diversent, Translator: Raul G.

    Between the 1st and 8th of April we Cubans marked the 8th anniversary of
    the "Black Spring", this time with much more emphasis because the Cuban
    government seeks a justification for a new wave of sentences. The alarm
    went off with the 5 chapters of the documentary series "The Reasons of
    Cuba", which was transmitted by Cuban TV throughout these past months.

    There are some who think that it is very unlikely that the government
    will unleash another wave of repressive actions after it "freed" 115
    political prisoners. In fact, many interpret such actions as being risky
    due to the international landscape. However, in the midst of insecurity
    and uncertainty it cannot be ruled out.

    The law, their main weapon, is in full force with all its repressive
    power. The authorities do not need to turn to extrajudicial procedures.
    Judicial orders give them the to act however they wish, and
    their legal norms are sufficiently wide enough to be interpreted and
    applied towards any case.

    One does not need to search through history to find examples. Recently,
    the North-American, Alan , was accused of committing crimes against
    territorial independence and integrity, just for introducing satellite
    connection systems into the country, and he was sentenced to 15 years in
    . Eight years ago, 57% of the group of Cuban dissidents
    were sentenced for the same crime the US subcontractor was accused of.

    What's certain is that the circumstances have changed, but so have the
    arguments. The security apparatus, in addition to vilifying the use of
    new information technologies, found a new battlefield on the
    a confrontation point with the eternal enemy of the Cuban Revolution,
    and another generation of dissidents — the bloggers.

    In 2003, the courts claimed that the dissidents were agents of
    North-American politics who simply sought to sanction Cuba in the Human
    Rights Commission or carrying out a "humanitarian intervention, which is
    nothing else than an armed invasion", by a foreign power in national
    territory, as recently occurred in Libya.

    "There is a form of cyberwar being waged against Cuba and other
    countries considered to be enemies of the . They are
    encouraging a blogosphere which, despite its claim of being
    'independent', is totally subordinate to the interests of Washington
    DC", asserted Granma, the official newspaper of the island's Communist
    Party, in a special report which complimented "The Reasons of Cuba" TV

    According to the official media, the "Cyberwar" is a "military conflict"
    related to the use of the internet. "Undoubtedly, the conservative
    Yankee wing has started to formulate new confrontation pretexts and
    scenes to slander the Cuban revolution and to start an eventual military
    aggression", the newspaper reassured.

    The qualifying of all sort of dissent as subversive and financed by the
    United States, along with the vilification of all communication
    equipment, creates the suspicion that the government may be preparing
    itself to carry out a new wave of aggression against the new sector of
    civil society which uses these means to voice their critical posture
    against the system.

    Behind all of this: the trial of Gross and the reports contained in "The
    Reasons of Cuba", along with the Cuban security apparatus, are going
    after their prey — the cyberdissidents. In their desperate attempt, they
    are turning to old tricks and strategies to justify not only their
    arbitrariness but also all that cannot be justified.

    Translated by Raul G.

    May 2 2011