It seems that I’m losing ground. Every day I lack a little more comprehension of the situation that surrounds me, and this worries me.
Television and other media sources remind us that our leaders call for the people to express themselves, to discuss our nation’s problems and seek solutions. However, concrete practice contradicts those words.
Yesterday I was waiting for the bus and I heard a very young woman complaining about her fatigue. “I’ve had it with these buses,” she said. “Every day I have to get in this line. If they know that we’re in the vacation period and that the P-11 bus becomes a nightmare at the 5:00 rush hour, then why don’t they put more buses on that route?”
An older woman told her that she was too young to complain. So the young woman, who was wearing a nurse’s uniform, responded saying that she was coming off watch duty and that her age had nothing to do with her objections, that everyone gets tired from working. The discussion turned ugly as the older woman told her that they should put her in jail for saying such things.
That reminded me of an awful story that I heard a few days ago. It was as if it had come from the 1960s or 70s. I won’t give the names or the workplaces so that I don’t compromise the people who told it to me.
It turns out that two older members of the Association of Combatants (AC) from a municipality in the capital went to some news media. They were looking for someone in management to lodge a complaint.
Apparently one of the workers at that publication had spoken out against the revolution at a bus stop, and the old men thought that measures should be taken against him at his job. Unfortunately, the person who had dared to express himself in public had also mentioned where he worked, that’s why they went there to accuse him directly. They left saying they would be expecting a response, and that if they didn’t get an answer, they would take the case to however high.
The management determined that the man would not be allowed to publish anything for six months, and they set up a meeting on the ethical problem implied by an ideological worker expressing themselves “incorrectly” in public.
According the elderly woman of the Association of Combatants, they are on watch for such cases and that what their supposed to do is call a patrol car so that such individuals are carted off to jail.
I don’t get it. Truly, there are many things that I don’t understand. Is it that expression is synonymous with imprisonment? Can we speak or not? If people who experience the same problems daily aren’t allowed to open their mouths to express themselves, then we cannot speak even when they tell us to.