Nothing as Cuban in the July 11 protests as the anthem Homeland and Life, whose single title is already a jump out of the option Country or Death that signs the Cuban Revolution.
The leap out of the circle is of life or death: Why associate the Homeland with the Cemetery? Why should the country be conquered by preparing to die and not living well under its shelter?
The turn of the gaze is radical from the title of this unusual political manifesto: Homeland and Life.
It will be said that it is a fruit that came from Miami, where it was actually recorded with the participation of some singers and a photographer from the island, three of whom are in custody.
The latter is an unjust and miserable punishment for those who did nothing but express themselves, but the keen instinct of the Cuban repressors is not wrong in being afraid of them.
The anthem Homeland and Life It is one of the most subversive things that have been thrown in recent times against the stone wall of what the Cuban government continues to call Revolution.
Homeland and Life it is subversive in the best sense of the word: it contests from the bottom. It is not violent, it is not incendiary, it does not call for the capture of the Moncada Barracks. But it is catchy, persuasive, piercing and, like so many pieces from the Cuban musical genius, it has an inviting rhythm and irresistible eloquence.
It is also, as I say, a radical political manifesto against the Revolution, to which it does not concede anything, not even the pylon of some achievements.
Above all, it does not grant him any window of the future, of amendment, of hope.
The lyrics of the hymn are already well known and it is not worth mentioning it, among other things because it is long, varied and full of allusions that are worth reading carefully. It can be read in full here: https://bit.ly/3BeO1Wf.
It is rightly said that when the intelligence of a country abandons its political regime, that regime is dead. In Cuba it can be added that when the musicians leave the Revolution, the Revolution dies, even if it remains in power.
The question that remains to be answered is what the burial will be like.
Hector Aguilar Camín