Lunes, 17 de Junio de 2019
Última actualización: 03:17 CEST

The regime's impudence

A regime like Cuba's – which has never tired of discriminating between nationals and foreigners, treating its own people like second-class citizens, and imposing nationality-based policies of apartheid – now considers it a victory to have undone the only preferential treatment Cubans enjoyed in the US.

In its declaration, the regime endorses regional stability on a continent on which it has been meddling politically and militarily since 1959. Directly responsible for the destabilization and chaos wracking Venezuela, it claims to be concerned about the use of violence with a “disruptive extraterritorial impact" arising from Cuban emigration to the USA. This doubletalk is nothing new: in the Colombian peace process, it purports to function as a guarantor of the solution to an uprising that it actually supported for decades.

Raúl Castro seeks to distract attention from violations of Cubans' rights by adopting a role as an international mediator. In that same role, he negotiated the "dry foot/wet foot" policy as if he were a Latin-Americanist and not the ultimate representative of power in Cuba. Posing as a geopolitical player, he seeks to draw eyes away from Cuba's pressing internal problems. 

His regime managed for the US to lift its policy of preferential treatment for Cubans, under the pretext of egalitarianism. As always, he did not attempt to create new opportunities, but to undermine those opportunities that have been achieved. It was with that same logic that it fought Cuban proprietors and industrialists during the 60s, and which with it suppresses private entrepreneurs now.

Under the guise of supporting non-violence and non-interference in other countries, it returns to its bread and butter: repressing Cubans. Capable of sinking boats carrying emigrants and children, as in the case of the tugboat 13 de marzo, and of, in 1980, fomenting the repudiation of people who only wanted to emigrate, it now claims that it is worried about the horrors of human trafficking. Incapable of offering its citizens well-being, or even allowing them to reach it by their own means, it persecutes their attempts to find it far from the Island.

The "Declaration of the Revolutionary Government" masks, under a layer of false humanism, the regime's habitual scorn for the individual.