The Cuban Communist Party and its Opponents

Vicente Morin Aguado

Cuban dissidents being detained on Human Rights Day. Photo: www.aljazeera.com
Cuban dissidents being detained on Human Rights Day. Photo: www.aljazeera.com

HAVANA TIMES — We have been witnessing an unusual increase in the number of dissidents who are temporarily detained in Cuba, sometimes as part of violent arrests that the authorities cannot conceal. For the most part, the victims of these actions are returned home, so that something we could well define as a vicious circle can begin anew.

The authorities also continue to stage so-called “repudiation rallies”, perhaps less frequently than before, and other “countermeasures”. Significantly, these do no awaken the enthusiasm that was their major strength in the past, when those identified as dissidents were actually isolated from society.

Cuban society in general still has a long way to go before being able to openly debate such incidents, silenced by the government, on the one hand, and blown out of proportion by alternative media, on the other, as befits the logic of the social straightjacket.

Many things have changed and continue to change in the country. The same holds for the world in general. These new times demand that the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) develop new ideas, up-to-date responses to its opponents. I say “responses”, not “repression”. Only the violation of the law justifies the exceptional use of force by the authorities.

Line to check e-mails at a government facility. Photo: Juan Suarez
Line to check e-mails at a government facility. Photo: Juan Suarez

The generation that grew up in the post-1990 Special Period and witnessed the dollarization of the domestic market, the massive emigration of Cubans, the arrival of remittances, cellular phones and the Internet is a social sector made up of young people who think and act very differently from those of us who are today over fifty.

However, the average age of PCC leaders at all levels, particularly the highest levels where decisions are made, is, however, over sixty, and these people, as is to be expected, tend to react in conservative ways to the country’s changing reality and the direction it is inevitably heading in.

The facts show that they haven’t reached an agreement regarding what to do. A telling symptom of this is the frequent desertions by high Party and State leaders and especially their relatives.

The reform process, referred to as “updating” by the PCC, its architect, must continue. Likewise it is senseless to try and limit the impact that new communication technologies have on the country’s political life. Putting an end to the sending of remittances is unthinkable – these are, today, the very lifeblood of Cuba’s domestic market.

We’ve seen the emergence of the nouveaux riches, desertions in sectors that ought to be examples of loyalty to the country’s leaders, corruption scandals rearing their ugly heads at all levels – in short, we are going through agitated political times that prompt justified expressions of discontent among the people.

Cuban grandmothers playing dominos.
Cuban grandmothers playing dominos.  Photo: Juan Suarez

It is logical to expect a change of mindset among Cubans, who are increasingly critical of the revolutionary leadership, whose long years in power have made the many mistakes made over time more evident. The historic memory of the younger generations finds no references that can act as a counterbalance to the dramatic reality we are all experiencing today.

Much of the blame for today’s unbalanced opinions is to be laid on Cuba’s official, monopolistic press, which continues to shield itself with the false consensus created in the absence of contradictory opinions that can be conveyed to the population through similar channels.

Expressing dissatisfaction is part of being human, particularly being young. If such dissent is expressly peaceful, there is little or no room for police intervention.

I don’t believe the repressive measures that are coming back into style are a solution to the inevitable political contradictions of the present or future. The Cuban Communist Party, as Cuba’s one party, faces the dilemma of having to find new answers to current problems.
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Vicente Morín Aguado: [email protected]


21 thoughts on “The Cuban Communist Party and its Opponents

  • January 23, 2014 at 2:39 am
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    comments are delete !!!!!

  • January 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm
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    Vicente is a communist and he is following a well planned strategy: Take a topic that is well known outside Cuba and damages the image of the Cuban Communist Party.
    Write an article and give people the impression that there is an historic reason for that and that the Cuban Communist Party will find a solution.
    Give hope and justify

  • January 22, 2014 at 6:03 am
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    Vicente is a communist and he is following a well planned strategy:

    Take a topic that is well known outside Cuba and damages the image of the Cuban Communist Party.

    Write an article and give people the impression that there is an historic reason for that and that the Cuban Communist Party will find a solution.

    Give hope and justify

  • December 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm
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    You make a very good point. The Canadians and Europeans (and even several Americans) who post comments here in support of the Castro dictatorship, don’t seem particularly interested in living under it’s yoke. Sure, they enjoy visiting Cuba for vacations, or for packaged Potemkin village tours of Tropical Socialism. But they prefer to live in the affluence and freedom of Canada, Europe and the USA.

  • December 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm
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    Specifically, Christ did not condemn anybody to Hell. What He said was,

    “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew19:23-26

    Parallel versions appear in Mark 10:24-27, and Luke 18:24-27.

    Clearly, Christ advocated extreme charity, telling the rich man to give away his wealth if he wished to enter heaven. But this cannot be read as an endorsement of the expropriation of private property by Castro’s revolution. Jesus told the rich man to give away his wealth, He did not direct his disciples to rob the rich man.

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