Freedom for Cubans

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Freedom for Cubans

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S.O.S. Cuba started this petition to President Miguel Díaz-Canel

Letter to President Díaz-Canel:

Mr. President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez,

 With hope and concern, we observed the massive protests in Cuba on July 11. We watched with hope because for the first time, a significant portion of the Cuban people let their voices be heard in unison, demanding the freedom and rights they have so far lacked, and they did so peacefully, clearly, and firmly. However, we have watched with concern and disgust the brutal response that you and your government have imposed on such demonstrations, refusing to hear the simple demands of the Cuban people and calling directly for violence against the protesters.

 Mr. President, do not attempt to portray those who protested as mercenaries in the service of the United States. Recognize that in those protests are the voices of people who are fed up with their lack of freedoms, bad government, and hardships of all kinds. Do not deny that those tens of thousands who protested throughout the island are Cuban citizens who no longer identify with the project you are proposing and who dare to say so out loud despite the proven risks involved in doing so. Since the protests of July 11, it makes no sense to speak of a monolithic union between your government and the Cuban people, just as it makes no sense to deny the homeland to those who protest and offer them death, repression, and silence instead.

 Do not fool yourself or try to fool us. It is time for Cuba to move forward along a path different from the one that you and your government have laid out for the country. To do so, it is imperative that you respect Cubans' right to demonstrate and choose their destiny, instead of seeking new ways to repress and silence your people. To demonstrate your respect for the rights of your compatriots, you must begin by releasing the more than half a thousand Cubans who, a month after the protests, are still in prison or are being prosecuted for participating in them. Along with them, you must release all Cubans who are in prison for expressing their disagreement with your government. If you care so much about the Cuban people and the revolution that was made in their name, begin by listening to them, and not repressing them when they speak.

 Sincerely,

[Español]

Sr. Presidente Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez:

Con esperanza y preocupación hemos observado las masivas protestas del pasado 11 de julio en Cuba. Esperanza porque una parte significativa del pueblo cubano por primera vez dejó oír su voz al unísono exigiendo la libertad y los derechos de los que hasta ahora han carecido y porque lo hicieron de forma pacífica y al mismo tiempo clara y firme. Sin embargo, hemos visto con preocupación y disgusto la respuesta brutal que usted y el gobierno que representa han dado a tales manifestaciones, negándose a oír los sencillos reclamos de su pueblo y llamando directamente a la violencia y la represión de unos ciudadanos contra otros.

Sr. Presidente, no se esfuerce en presentar a aquellos que protestaron como mercenarios al servicio de Estados Unidos. Reconozca en esas protestas la voz de un pueblo hastiado de falta de libertades, de mal gobierno y de estrecheces de todo tipo. No niegue que esas decenas de miles que protestaron en toda la isla son parte de un pueblo que ya no se identifica con el proyecto que propone y que se atreve a decirlo en voz alta pese a los riesgos demostrados que entraña hacerlo. Desde el pasado 11 de julio no tiene sentido hablar de unión monolítica entre su gobierno y su pueblo como no tiene sentido negarles la patria a los que protestan y ofrecerles en cambio muerte, represión y silencio.

No se engañe ni nos trate de engañar. Es hora de que Cuba avance por caminos diferentes a los que usted y su gobierno les han trazado a los cubanos. Para ello es imprescindible que se les respete su derecho a manifestarse y a elegir su destino, en lugar de buscar nuevas maneras de reprimir al pueblo cubano y silenciarlo. Para demostrar su respeto por los derechos de sus compatriotas debe empezar por liberar al más de medio millar que a un mes de las protestas siguen en prisión o están siendo procesados por participar en ellas y, junto a ellos debe liberar a todos los cubanos que están en prisión por manifestar su desacuerdo con su gobierno. Si le importa tanto el pueblo cubano como la revolución que se hizo en su nombre empiece por escucharlo, por no reprimirlo cuando hable.

Sinceramente,

Tania Bruguera, artist

Fernando F. Savater, philosophy professor (retired), writer

Garry Kasparov, chess grandmaster

Mario Vargas Llosa, writer

Sergio Ramírez, writer

Andy García, actor

Steven Pinker, psychologist and writer

Mark Lilla, writer

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Antonio Ortuño, writer

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Dario Lopérfido, former Minister of Culture of Argentina

Paquito D’Rivera, musician

Michel Camilo, musician

Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia, writer/professor

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Gabriel Gauchet, filmmaker

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J.J. Armas Marcelo, novelist

Louis Franz Aguirre, composer

Keila Val de la Ville, writer

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Flavio Garciandía, artist

Gustavo Pérez-Firmat, writer/profesor

Carlos Eire, historian, professor

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