HAVANA TIMES, May 14 — I’ve never been drawn that much to soap operas, but since we have so few options on television, I ultimately end up learning about the plots. I might even see one or two episodes if for no other reason than to criticize the poor acting or to complain about the series’ slow pace.
Last week I found myself obligated to watch the Cuban series that’s being shown now. I didn’t feel like reading or doing anything else, and since we only have one TV at home and the majority decides what we watch, it was my turn to lose out.
But it wasn’t that bad watching that episode of Añorado Encuentro, because thanks to that I was able to witness as poor Mireya (the wife of the corrupt leader) was left dumbfounded by the atrocities committed by her dear husband.
If I hadn’t felt the same thing, I’m sure I wouldn’t have understood it, but I’ve experienced that before. In fact, I believe that all of us who love our country suffered that same way when seeing what happened with several of our leaders, those who we trusted. It tears us up inside.
I’m not talking only about the former minister of the Food Products Industry, Alejandro Roca, who was recently and well-deservingly sentenced to 15 years in prison. I’m speaking about all those who have been caught stealing from the people, as well as those who haven’t been found out yet and therefore continue swindling, misappropriating and — what’s worse — destroying our revolution.
It’s said that Yoani Sanchez and other Cuban bloggers opposed to the government are our enemies. But in my opinion, those embezzling, thieving and lying leaders are more dangerous than any inflammatory message that might navigate over the Internet.
These culprits are more harmful than any subversive campaign because with their actions they can achieve what the activities of dissidents will never achieve by exaggerating our problems or lying about some event. Misleaders cause us to lose the trust in all our leaders and in our social system.
The curious thing is that neither Alejandro Roca nor those convicted in the future will be able to say what was uttered by Evaristo, the corrupt figure in the Cuban telenovela.
They won’t be able to say that they did what they did because their pitiful wages weren’t enough to live on or because they wanted the best for their children, because all of us know that these officials don’t need to steal to achieve either.
Nor will they be able to say — as did Evaristo — that they weren’t stealing, that they were only “struggling,” because ladies and gentlemen, if what they’re doing isn’t stealing…then what is?