Florida accused of being behind anti-Cuban rallies

Florida accused of being behind anti-Cuban rallies

On September 20, messages began arriving at eight Cuban municipal or regional government headquarters announcing the organization of “peaceful” marches on November 15 by a group called Archipelago. The impetus for these rallies was a call for change. The speech was not an official request to occupy the busiest street in some cities in Cuba, but a notice from the group that they would do so and also asking the authorities to provide them with security for these rallies. Under Cuban laws and obsessive American support for the rallies, the Cuban government refused permission to organize the protests.

It has been nearly two months since these letters were sent, but there are few indications that the march will take place in Cuba. The Florida propaganda machine confirms the opposite and adds that similar rallies will be held across more than a hundred cities in the world, a third of them in the United States.

On November 10, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez warned members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Havana that the Cuban government “will not tolerate an opposition rally,” and further said that “Cuba will never allow any actions by a foreign government in our territory, in an attempt to To destabilize the country. State,” referring to the United States’ support for these rallies. The provocation follows a plot that has been seen many times before. Meanwhile, this march, which was scheduled for November 15, is not what many hope for: a movement for change in Cuba.

The march is not independent

Two days after the first message was delivered to the authorities, a series of statements by US officials and members of Congress began pouring in on September 22. Until November 10, there were many public interventions from Washington or Florida with all kinds of demands and threats to the island authorities. No other issue in the domestic politics of the United States, in recent weeks, has received so much attention or been a state of such mania before these rallies.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price issued a statement on October 16 condemning the Cuban government’s refusal to authorize the march. Meanwhile, US Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) lent his support to these anti-government protests. almost News about these rallies began to spread, while two senior advisers from the Biden administration threatened further sanctions against the Cuban government for refusing permission to hold the rally on November 15.

As if that weren’t enough, more money has been poured into such efforts against the Cuban government. In September 2021, the Biden administration awarded nearly $7 million to 12 organizations that publish almost daily the “Civil March for Change” in Cuba. Many analysts see the invisible hand of the “color revolutions” in this, which were exported by the West to the Russian periphery.

In addition to “moral”, political, and financial support, US diplomats provide support in several ways to the anti-government movement in Cuba and sometimes act as drivers of the opposition. The only thing missing in terms of interference is a display like that given by US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who distributed food to anti-government protesters in Independence Square, in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, in 2013.

The march is not separate from other operations

The rally is just another link in a more comprehensive strategy. The Biden administration interpreted the combined impact of the pandemic, the global crisis, and the economic embargo – as well as 243 additional measures imposed by former US President Donald Trump – as exceptional circumstances that hit Cuba even more. Not only are the spies required to realize that there are more queues, inflation and shortages in a country that has been running shortages for 60 years, but it is also important to understand that the march does not have popular support within the country. Cuba returned to normal life with the opening of flights, families reuniting after a two-year separation, students returning to school, and the revival of the national economy.

The group organizing the march is not peaceful

The private Facebook group listed as the organizer of the rally, Archipielago, is not at all moderate. A large number of publications by the group support the symbolic violence and political exclusion of those who defend the socialist project or celebrate certain social achievements in Cuba. The debate in these places is not to modify opinions, but to stir up prejudices, instilling hatred among Cubans as an exclusive source of legitimacy for the government that led the country under very difficult circumstances.

The reference is an unbridled McCarthyism and hyper-motivation to indulge in stigmatization that are very common communicative practices in the current political climate of the United States, but alien to the political, cultural, and peculiar character of Cubans. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez confirmed, on November 10, that Facebook could be sued for its support of the “dissident movement” in Cuba, according to Reuters.

The rallies are not synchronized

There is talk of synchronizing rallies inside and outside Cuba to promote change. But there is no such thing. In Cuba, there is certainly no atmosphere in support of these rallies, and while Florida organizers are talking about the participation of people from a hundred cities in the world on November 15, they have not specified how many people will do so.

Indeed, those who would like to participate in this kind of anarchy against Castro are usually few, but that does not matter. On April 30, 2020, someone fired at the Cuban Embassy in Washington with an offensive weapon, which led to the summoning of the Foreign Minister. On the night of July 27, two people threw a Molotov cocktail at the Cuban Embassy in Paris.

Not what they say

The conservative specter of the extreme right that travels the world and arrives in Cuba is not what it appears or is visible to the naked eye. Behind the slogan “Nonviolent March” is the long shadow of lifelong reactionaries who now combine extreme economic liberalism with conservative morals, hollow concepts, and the creative use of social media. They dream of ending the Cuban Revolution no later than November 15, while leaving an unanswered moral question: how to talk about a civil, peaceful and independent protest, if Washington taints the protest trajectory plan with threats and dollars. ?

This article was produced by Globetrotter. Rosa Miriam Elizalde is a Cuban journalist and founder of Cubadebate. She is the Vice-President of the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC) and the Federation of Latin American Journalists (FELAP). She has written and co-authored several books including Jineteros in Havana And Our Chavez. She has received the Juan Gualberto Gémez National Award for Journalism on multiple occasions for her outstanding work. She is currently a weekly columnist for La Jornada of Mexico City.

Source: Globetrotter

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