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    Punching Bag / Rosa Maria Rodriguez Torrado
    Rosa Maria Rodriguez Torrado, Translator: Unstated

    Cuban society is the crazy punching bag on which the Cuban leaders and
    the national media train, and sometimes beat up. If there is an epidemic
    of dengue fever or some other illness it's the people's fault because
    they don't maintain adequate hygiene in their home and in the city; as
    if we were responsible for vector control, trash collection and street
    cleaning.

    Of if some neighborhoods lack water, while others are flooded because
    the leaks aren't fixed, or the dumpsters are overflowing… it's our
    fault. They also criticize us for not properly covering our water tanks,
    and breeding the Aedes aegypti female mosquito, which carries dengue fever.

    In the first place, why should we store water at all? If we were
    guaranteed that it would flow from the taps, no one would take the
    trouble to store it, much less in the inadequate containers where we do
    so, because the plastic tanks they sell in the store are prohibitively
    priced for the average Cuban. So We must make do with what we have, as
    the majority of the population solves its problems.

    The city buses always break because they're always overloaded. It's
    common to hear on the television or read in the press reproaches about
    people writing their names on the backs of the seats or the bus stops —
    something clearly wrong — but they don't call attention to or make any
    mention of the over exploitation by the competent State authorities,
    which constitutes official and institutionalized mistreatment of the
    transit equipment.

    We can't freely enter and exit the country because we will conspire with
    the enemies of the regime — a vain and speculative pretext — nor can we
    watch international television channels, because they are full of
    slanders "against Cuba."

    We can't freely access information or the Internet which is the fault of
    the United Stations and the transnational media corporations, who
    constantly defame the revolution. If there are blackouts, it's our fault
    for consuming too much electricity, and if the salaries are low it's the
    sin of the workers who don't produce, etc.

    Then, you must agree with me that the authorities, instead of putting on
    the gloves to beat the undeserving culprits and injustices of society,
    should hang them up and give new people or groups, with new or different
    programs and mentalities, a chance to promote the common good and
    happiness of Cubans from an effective power, so that we all live
    together in our national home and democratic, plural environment with
    the genuine rule of law and social justice.


    August 28 2012

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