Saturday, January 30, 2010

Disencounters of the nation.

Yesterday a meeting between some Cuban exiles and Castro’s authorities finished in Havana. Three days of interventions, three days of almost a monologue, three days were the most important aspects our Diaspora face in daily basis have been ignore.Disencounter of the Nation

From the beginning of the encounter to the slogan the conference claims you could appreciate the selective character of the people gathered there: “Meeting of Cubans Resident Abroad against the Blockade and in Defence of National Sovereignty.” Great, you have to sign it, you have to repeat it, and you have to swear it.

There are some questions Cuba and its guests have to answer: What kind of encounter is this? Where are the results? How many of those Cuban exiles ask to the authorities to lift all the travel restrictions to Cubans? Did the authorities agree to lift those restrictions?

The ending words of Ricardo Alarcon are the pieces to complete this puzzle: nothing. They talked three days and the restrictions weren’t over the table. We still have our stamp of approval in our passports, the selective entrance according to our opinion and “behave” abroad, the easy money to pay to Cuba’s government in order to receive our Permission of Entrance to our homeland, and we have to request our mandatory Cuban passport even when you are a citizen of another country. We continue being the lucrative merchandise in Castro’s hands. Those are the remittances all of us are paying to the tyrant. You have to remember his relatives never take care of him, never had send the desired dollar Castro claimed to Roosevelt when he was a child. We have to supply him his lost dollar.

We cannot lose our perspective about how and when these meetings began in Havana. The first was in 1994, precisely in the worst moment of the so called Special Period in Cuba. Its historic reference is the first encounter of the 70’s, and it was a push of Castro through his supporters in Puerto Rico. It came only as a necessary concession for a historic process in need of oxygen and nothing more.

Cuba’s authorities had opened their doors only when all other doors had been closed. Then, they turn to the only group of people left in the business: the Cuban exiles. We are only leftovers, the last choice to claim any sympathy and the only one to request their long list of restrictions. They will only talk with people who surrender their will to their demands.

Don’t forget, this is a government who confused Homeland with a party, a Nation with a political process ended in a tyranny, Nationality with partisanship, Citizenship with unlimited fidelity to one leader and Culture with ideology. You won’t obtain from intolerance any concession to its will. You will only pick leftovers up from over the table with reluctance and despise.

As a master of ceremony, Ricardo Alarcon finished his speech with one of his typical cynicism: “Migration has always been an essential part of the Cuban nation and its eager quest for independence and justice.”

Yes, Mr Alarcon, this our essential point in our agenda: independence and justice from the system that had claim to many lives, too many voices, too many people out of their country and too many deep wounds in our homeland. Meanwhile Cuba’s government won’t surrender its restrictions against its citizens, we will continue our quest for independence and justice of that Estate.