The leader of the Archipiélago platform had called a march against the Government but the executive declared it illegal
Yunior García, the playwright, leader of the opposition platform Archipelago and convenor of the frustrated Civic March against the Government of Cuba, has assured that the Cuban regime did not want him imprisoned in the country but that what they were trying to do was silence him so that he would not tell the story. Cuban reality. This was expressed this Thursday at a press conference from Madrid, where he landed this Wednesday by surprise, to announce that he has not requested asylum in Spain and that he will return to Cuba when he can guarantee his own safety and that of his wife, although the visa the one you have is 90 days.
As he explained a day after landing in Spain, the Cuban government, which he has described as a tyranny and a dictatorship, let him leave the country because they thought that with his departure they would achieve a victory and that the problem would end. However, he has asked to end the romantic idea that still remains on the island, since “it is a dictatorship”, and the marriage between the Government and the people “has become a failed marriage.” That is why he will teach from Madrid what is happening in his country, where they have suffered an «impressive» repression just for wanting to go out and express themselves on the streets. “It is time to mature the vision of a country that is a dictatorship” and has asked that international politics “stop looking the other way.”
«All I have is my voice and I couldn’t keep quiet. Someone has to say what happens in Cuba. This is precisely why he left Cuba, because if he stayed, he explained, what the “regime” was looking for was to silence him. And is that in recent days, the government had sent people to the vicinity of his house “to make it seem that the people were repressing him”, when everything was orchestrated. But as he has said, he does not believe that the regime wanted to imprison him, because that way he would become a symbol, but rather that what they wanted was to silence him and keep him imprisoned at home, without any type of communication. “Despite all the attacks, I felt that what I couldn’t do was keep quiet.”
As he explained, the problem in Cuba is “the lack of democracy and freedom” on the part of the government of Miguel Díaz Canel, progressive but who, in his opinion, cannot speak of a left-wing government in Cuba. “The regime behaves like a conservative caste that has no progressive ideal,” he denounced when recounting the harsh repression in the country, “a place where people are treated like worms.” For this reason he has affirmed that it is not possible to speak of democracy, especially when in September they prohibited a demonstration in which they wanted to demand “a political dialogue where the people of Cuba decide what they want for their country.”
It was in November of last year when the artist realized what was happening in Cuba and became aware that from his position as an artist he had to denounce what was happening. But art, he acknowledges, was not enough, and he decided to do it as a citizen as well. On November 27, 2020, they demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Culture after the government attacked a group of artists who were on hunger strike. They managed to establish a dialogue with the executive but it broke down on January 27, after the culture minister snatched the phone from a journalist and sent him to jail. Even so, it was on July 11 when “a social outbreak such as we have never had in the history of Cuba” was experienced, García said, explaining that tens of thousands of people were not only asking for food but also for freedom. «Cuba has experienced censorship and discrimination of the individual. Anyone who dares to protest is considered a non-person. ”
No leadership in the country
However, the leader of the resilience, who has not revealed who he is staying with in Spain, has not wanted to use the word “optimistic” but does believe that “the day of a Cuba without dictatorship is near” since the Cuban executive it does not have “any kind of leadership” in the country. That is, in his view, what is causing the government to respond to the situation with violence. “I think they are aware that they have lost the battle of thought and believe that the fight is beaten.”
In his opinion, we must build a Cuba among all, not with violence, but with a real and fraternal dialogue that ends with the Cuban people deciding on their future. “We are going to get it based on telling the truth,” said García, who is not going to remain silent because all he has is his voice. “I have to conquer my rights” and fight for a country where my relatives are.
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