HAVANA TIMES — Manuel González Hernández, known in the music world as Manolín the Doctor of Salsa, suggests that the Castro brothers and the people of their generation retire, saying they are out of step with the times.
“To Fidel Castro and Raul Castro, and all those who fought with them and are still in power, take it easy, don’t bother anymore, it’s easier,” he said in a message posted on his Facebook page titled “It’s not personal, it’s the law of life.”
“You have to give way to the young,” said the musician noting that the younger generations are “closer to the truth as you were at the time.”
“You have clung to the idea that only you can do and undo things in our country, and you are causing a huge damage to Cuba,” said Manolín.
“The very old (…) are hardest hit by life (…) and there are disappointments, prejudices, frustration, resentment, the accumulation of many enemies (…) you do not function the same, and I’m not talking about 60 or 70 year olds, since you are almost 90 and should rest,” he added.
“Young people come fresh, unbiased (…) with hard drives full of ideas and joy, they see life differently.”
Manolin further advised the island’s leaders, “You shouldn’t decree that anyone with other ideas is a traitor, and that betrayal is paid with life. That’s nonsense; that’s killing the country’s heart and soul. It neutralizes progress, binding the country by hand and foot so it cannot advance. It is like giving a shot in the temple to the Cuban nation,” he said.
“You mustn’t put yourselves as the center and absolute reference, don’t put yourselves above the country,” he noted.
If you “retire” he told the Castros, it will open “a new era for our country (…) and going with you, will be many enemies we have gained along the way, rightly or wrongly, but enemies in the end.”
“There is another way to recognize their [the leaders] merits, and not exactly by keeping them in power at any cost and forever, or by saying they are right about everything. Nobody should be above the country, neither they, nor anyone else,” said the musician.
The Doctor of Salsa returned to Cuba in October 2013 after residing 12 years in Miami and trying several times to get the Cuban government to let him return, noted Diario de Cuba.
“Before in Cuba I didn’t agree with almost anything and protested almost everything. One day I went to United States and found that there too I didn’t agree with almost anything and protested for almost everything, and besides, it wasn’t my country,” he said last year.
“One day I said to myself: I’m going back to my country, knowing I won’t agree with almost anything and will protest almost everything, but with the difference that I will be in my country. That’s what I did, and here I am happy.” he added.