Elio Delgado Legon

The Summit of the Peoples was held just before the presidential Summit of the Americas.
The Summit of the Peoples was held alongside the presidential Summit of the Americas.

HAVANA TIMES — I really had no intention of writing about this, hoping as I was that I would come across an article on this site that dealt with the issue with a modicum of objectivity. After reading what has been published – posts I would rather not comment on, so as not to offend anyone – I feel the need to devote a few lines to the subject, for I find it impossible to keep quiet in light of so much senselessness (though I feel this is not the appropriate term for it).

First of all, I don’t think anyone with a functioning brain could think of questioning the legitimacy of the representatives of an organization that gathers all citizens over 14, in all of the country’s neighborhoods. I am referring to the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution. Only those who are not revolutionaries (a tiny minority) do not belong to this organization.

Nor can we question the legitimacy of a civil society organization such as the Federation of Cuban Women, which gathers all women older than 16, with the exception of non-revolutionaries. It is argued they are organizations that defend the revolution, but the fact of the matter is that the immense majority of civil society organizations in Cuba defend the revolution.

The same holds for the organizations of intellectuals, artists, journalists, architects, engineers, lawyers and farmers who work the land they own, the hundreds of thousands of secondary and high school students and the workers, represented by the Cuban Workers Federation – in short, the many organizations that represent all of the possible activities of civil society.

It is argued that some of these organizations, such as the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, were created on instructions from Fidel Castro. However, this organization was born during a mass demonstration, during which the bombs planted by counterrevolutionaries were heard. Fidel advanced the idea, and it was immediately approved by the people gathered there. As of that day, the organization was tasked with defending the revolution from aggression, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Those who will never be legitimate representatives of Cuban society are the mercenaries paid by the US government to try and rally an opposition that simply does not exist in Cuba. There is no other fitting term for those who, for their counterrevolutionary activities, receive payment from a foreign power, whose declared aim is to change the political regime in Cuba, supported by the overwhelming majority of the people. Those who rub elbows with the most criminal of terrorists based in Miami also cannot ever represent Cuban civil society.

Cuban representatives at the Summit of the Americas were criticized for refusing to stay in the locales where mercenaries and supporters of terrorists had convened, but the attitude of the Cuban delegation was ethically correct at all times. The dignity of revolutionaries do not allow them to share a room with people of that nature, as that entails legitimating their participation, and none of those characters were legitimate representatives of Cuban civil society. Cuban civil society was broadly represented in Panama, not by terrorists, mercenaries or unpatriotic types, but by revolutionaries.


Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

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  • not sure if I agree with you there. A new tactic may be called for in order to bring about regime change. In the end, all it may take is the death of the Castros. Like the old bumper sticker says “No Castro, No Problem. The danger is that the those who retain power are modeling it after the Chinese system. Regardless, after the castor’s pass on, the cult of personality will die with them. The change in engagement with Cuba, I think, will cause a “sea change” in overall politics at that time. ….well, at least time will tell.

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