Campaign to Make Visible the Case of “the Grounded” in Cuba

Osmel Ramírez Álvarez

HAVANA TIMES – As an encouraging sign of unity among Cubans in favor of democracy this media campaign is received online, where many people participate denouncing the existence of “regulated” (grounded) people in Cuba.

Those affected are forbidden to travel without justifiable reasons, a flagrant violation of the human right known as “freedom of movement.”

It is a repressive act of the regime against those citizens they find uncomfortable because they do not agree with their totalitarian system. It’s done as punishment, in my case for being an independent journalist.

PalenqueVisión came to my house to interview me. We took the shots on the farm of my in-laws, in a humble house like millions in the beautiful fields of Cuba.

I share a small video edited for ADNCuba.


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Osmel Ramirez

I'm from Mayari, a little village in Holguín. I was born on the same day that the Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975. A good omen, since I identify myself as a pacifist. I am a biologist but I am passionate about politics, history and political philosophy. Writing about these topics, I got to journalism, precisely here on Havana Times. I consider myself a democratic socialist and my main motivation is to try to be useful to the positive change that Cuba needs.

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5 thoughts on “Campaign to Make Visible the Case of “the Grounded” in Cuba

  • Maybe Brad you could have put another letter into s(t)inks?

  • The Cuban communists would get crushed in real election that’s why they don’t allow other parties clearly.
    It’s just more repression can’t see these criminals giving up there Cuban tyranny.
    Meanwhile their economy sinks.

  • Ernesto, you could just as easily say the same thing about capitalism and democracy.
    Many would say that socialism and democracy have far more in common than capitalism and democracy.
    You must have heard the saying: ‘Too much democracy is bad for business’ ?

  • Ernesto there are millions of people who although being socialist, believe in and practice democracy. If as you appear to suggest, European countries claiming to be democratic socialist are actually “pure capitalist”. then obviously that also applies to China and Vietnam both of which are ruled by communist regimes.
    The difference between Osmel and the Castro regime, is that Osmel seeks democracy, which to the regime is anathema. In seeking democracy, Osmel has to accept that if introduced in Cuba – which could only occur following the demise of the communist regime – the people of Cuba might elect a non-socialist government.
    Although describing itself as communist (Fidel Castro used the word “socialismo”) the Castro regime has opposed the communist theory of: “To each according to his contribution and needs.”.
    When reading or hearing the views of Cubans like Osmel, one has to bear in mind that they have only ever experienced communism and never actually experienced the freedom of choice inherent in democracies.

  • Osmel Ramirez there is no democratic socialists. Socialism is by nature totalitarian as the only way to survive as a system. There is not one sample of democratic socialism oftenly the left points at some eurpean countries as an example but when you dig on it they are pure capitalists countries only with the hurdle of high taxes to the people that is producing the goods and services and a brake on the economy.

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