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    Laura Pollán Is With Me

    Laura Pollán Is With Me / Lilianne Ruíz
    Lilianne Ruíz, Translator: Chabeli

    The sun is still rising in Cuba. The natural cycle of birth and death
    never fails to mock ideology and power. It is the rag that will wipe
    away all the actors of this diabolic drama.

    Recently I got to know through a friend who is a veteran of the Ladies
    in White, that a few days before going into Calixto García hospital
    Laura Pollán was cut with a sharp utensil by a woman from one the
    repudiation rally mobs that the State Security organizes against the
    Ladies in White.

    Immediately after being wounded, Laura started to feel very ill. The
    mutual friend went to see her and told me that she found Laura weak and
    ill, and "she was not one of those who would let them (the state
    security mobs) intimidate her."

    It was not the first attack against Laura Pollán, the one that probably
    caused her death. There is a documentary titled I am the other Cuba, by
    the Italian filmmaker Pierantonio Maria Micciarelli, which shows in real
    time, during an interview with Laura Pollán, how the car in which Laura
    and he were riding was mysteriously hit by another car which pushed it
    out of its lane.

    If the anti-Castro Cubans had 1% of the money that State Security
    attributes to them, I would vote to fund a massive media campaign, as
    big and expensive as that for the five agents from the Ministry of
    Interior — the so-called "Cuban Five" — demanding an international
    investigation into the mysterious death of Laura Pollán. A death
    probably organized by colleagues of the five Ministry of Interior spies.
    Of course, those in charge of the investigation of the crime would not
    be allowed into the country and the world would have to put it where the
    sun don't shine, once again, before the arbitrariness of the government
    of this island. The bitchy world that makes so many mistakes so often
    and so badly.

    By the way, imagine if any of us, we Cubans who inhabit this island,
    were to organize a Solidarity Club for Allan Gross, an American citizen
    imprisoned in Castro's jails under the dubious charges of having bought,
    in the most ordinary technology shops of today's world, equipment,
    instruments, and communication tools which, once in the country, had
    some destination independent of the Cuban State and its sacred control.

    Would the Cuban political police be more respectful of my hypothetical
    Solidarity Club for Allan Gross, would they organize solidarity parades
    in the United States, even a parade of four people whom the political
    police would pay with the money that is not even enough to cover the
    basic needs of the Cuban people? Cubans' basic needs that are
    administered by the paternalistic State according to whatever level of
    hunger people in Cuba can endure each day?

    Anyone in the world, I repeat, can buy technological equipment like that
    involved in the sin committed by Allan Gross without being accused of
    high-profile espionage or being linked to weapons of mass destruction.
    You would think connection, communication, are crimes in Cuba,
    especially when these kind of crimes serve as good bait to get the five
    Ministry of Interior (MININT) agents out of trouble.

    You know what? I recommend that these spies be returned — I say it with
    my deepest respect for the pain of the surviving brother from the
    organization "Brothers to the Rescue" which saved Cubans found in open
    waters, Cubans who threw themselves into the ocean running away from the
    rough life conditions on the island — because this has been another
    repugnant episode of the Castro regime, and Alan Gross does not deserve
    to be suffering in prison.

    Now, how can I express that I started writing this post from the
    discomfort provoked by an article that I read in the El Nuevo Herald, on
    June 27, about Mariela Castro's visit to the United States; Mariela
    whose name and entire family's name I wish I didn't remember, honestly.
    The social life of my country, occupied by such a clan, is a nightmare.
    Their cynicism, which seems hereditary, would scandalize anyone who gets
    to know the gruesome details of the truth about Cuba.

    Mrs. Castro says she belongs to civil society by virtue of being the
    director of CENESEX. The real civil society in Cuba is chased down by
    the henchmen of the family to which the intolerable Mrs. Castro belongs.
    Civil society must be independent from the State power, an alternative
    to political power; therefore Mrs. Castro is anything but a
    representative of our civil society.

    In Cuba, the men and women who celebrate Gay Pride Day do it under
    threats of detention and police beatings, because she — even when it
    seems unbelievable that everything continues to be in the hands of one
    person — only allows the celebration of the "International Day against
    Homophobia," a parade organized by a State institution, CENESEX, not by
    civil society.

    It seems easier to control how this rainbow flag can wave by isolating
    it from the rest of the representatives of this flag in the world,
    imposing a line of what is politically permitted. I have hopes that the
    LGBT community, after so many centuries of resistance, keeps being as
    rebellious as it has been forced to be because all of kinds of
    repression, and it continues to rebel against wearing a uniform.

    The Director of CENESEX, the daughter and niece of bloody tyrants,
    always taking advantage of the historical sense of the moment, pretends
    to line up gays and gain the sympathy of this growing social group in
    Cuba and in the world. Perhaps Mrs. Castro is after the sympathy of LGBT
    groups at the international level because people here don't buy her
    story at all.

    It will be like the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), designed to
    consolidate and better control women in Cuba; it a system that does not
    tolerate freedom.

    Consequently, people should know, so that they can decide to sympathize
    with Mariela Castro or not, that she has been responsible for proposing
    the exchange of prisoners, ignoring the pain of Cubans oppressed by the
    claws of the complex apparatus of repression that works to ensure the
    power of her family and the pain of the Americans who follow the case of
    Allan Gross. In such a no man's land we should all be heckling her.

    The speech of the First Lady of the Castro regime where she declared
    that she, too, is a dissident, "a dissident against the global hegemonic
    power," is the same as that of her family that has wanted to gain power
    from the aspirations of millions of people from around the world to be
    free from the powers that oppress them; gain power so they can throw
    over them the same net with which they hunted down Cubans, Cubans whose
    souls were stolen before being condemned to hunger and misery.

    Translated by Chabeli

    July 2 2012

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