Fuenteovejuna

fuenteovejuna

A classic play of the Spanish theater, written by Lope de Vega in 1610, tells how an entire people kills a tyrannical and despotic commander. In the town of Fuenteovejuna the people come together to end the abuse of power exercised by one man. The neighbors agree to lynch the feudal lord who, from the first scenes demanded his droit de seigneur over the young women of the town. After the execution, a judge begins to investigate the possible author of the crime, but bumps up against a collective responsibility; the group is convinced that what was done was simply justice. To the question “Who killed the Commander?” a chorus responds “Fuenteovejuna, Sir.” And when the judge asks, “And who is Fuenteovejuna?” an irrefutable affirmation hangs in the air: “All for one, Sir.”

Fortunately, the civil society groups living in Cuba today — activists, opponents, and dissidents — are peaceful people. They are not proposing “to kill the Commander” nor any other bloody and traumatic solution. But they have learned the lesson that Lope de Vega dramatized so masterfully over 400 years ago. Unity, convergence, reconciliation, make them stronger against the verticality of the totalitarian government. The importance of creating coalitions is such that the main task of the Island’s political police is now to destroy bridges and alienate potential allies. Intrigue, confrontation and fostering rivalries have come to be the hackneyed strategies employed by State Security to try to maintain a separation between the threads of the civic fabric. Sadly, they have achieved a lasting effect with such ignoble labor.

Nevertheless, the days of disagreement are coming to an end. Perhaps it is just my illusions, but I feel we have gained awareness that together we are very hard to silence. The most recent sign that we have managed to overcome the bickering is the document, “Citizen Demand for Another Cuba.” To see a list of signatures with such plurality and diversity gives me hope. It makes me believe that all the intrigues cooked up in the offices of the intelligence services no longer make even a dent in our consciousness. What is a commander if his subjects decide not to blindly obey him? Who can impute to us the “crime” of opinion if every day more citizens dare to say what we think? Finally, Fuenteovejuna without its feudal lord.

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Citizen Demand for Another Cuba

As Cubans, legitimate children of this land and an essential part of our nation, we feel a deep sorrow at the prolonged crisis that we are experiencing and the demonstrated inability of the current government to make fundamental changes. This obliges us, from civil society, to seek and demand our own solutions.

The miserable incomes, shortages of food and shelter, the massive emigration due to lack of opportunities, the discrimination against those who think differently, the absence of spaces for public debate, the arbitrary arrests and lack of citizen rights, the corruption and the tenure and inability to remove the ruling elite, are some of the symptoms of the difficult reality facing us.

We want to debate publicly the dual currency, immigration restrictions, rights of workers to a living wage, the right of all Cubans, wherever they live, to promote economic initiatives in their own country, the demographic crisis, free access to the Internet and new technologies. We want to discuss the exercise of democracy.

The Constitution of the Republic of Cuba establishes:

In its Article 3: In the Republic of Cuba sovereignty resides in the people from whom all the power of the State originates.

And in its Article 63: Every citizen has the right to direct complaints and petitions to the authorities and to receive the appropriate attention or responses in a timely manner, according to law.

WE DEMAND THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT:

Immediately implement the essential legal guarantees and policies conceived in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ratify the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, signed by the Government of Cuba on February 28, 2008 in New York City. This would ensure full respect for citizens regardless of their ideas or their political-social actions and restore the rights of everyone who, in their opinions, disagrees with the government. We consider these rights essential to the formation of a modern, free and plural Cuba that will receive us all equally and place our sovereignty in a dynamic and increasingly global world.

We are committed to democratic transformation where everyone can contribute their views and contribute to its realization. We invite all Cubans inside and outside the Island who identify with these demands, to join this just and necessary claim. Our expectation of being heard by the government is almost exhausted, yet we have decided to bring the authorities this demand as an urgent recourse to achieve effective understanding. We are determined not to accept institutional silence in response to this demand for the ratification of the agreements mentioned.

24 thoughts on “Fuenteovejuna

  1. Where are the answers on my questions team “yoani”?

    Why are you ignoring the questions?

    What are you trying to run away from?

    What are you hiding?

    Is THIS how you are committed to democratic transformation? Demand answers from others, but refuse to answer questions directed at you!!!

    “WE DEMAND THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT…”

    Yeah. And I demand you answer my questions. Exercise the shift you are pretending to champion.

    I bet my chances to see your asnwers are, as slim as they are, better than yours!!!

  2. WE DEMAND THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT:

    Immediately implement the essential legal guarantees and policies conceived in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ratify the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, signed by the Government of Cuba on February 28, 2008 in New York City. This would ensure full respect for citizens regardless of their ideas or their political-social actions and restore the rights of everyone who, in their opinions, disagrees with the government. We consider these rights essential to the formation of a modern, free and plural Cuba that will receive us all equally and place our sovereignty in a dynamic and increasingly global world.

    We are committed to democratic transformation where everyone can contribute their views and contribute to its realization. We invite all Cubans inside and outside the Island who identify with these demands, to join this just and necessary claim. Our expectation of being heard by the government is almost exhausted, yet we have decided to bring the authorities this demand as an urgent recourse to achieve effective understanding. We are determined not to accept institutional silence in response to this demand for the ratification of the agreements mentioned.

  3. Cuba Libre there must be something wrong with your logic :

    “Who on earth cares about what went on in 1610, over 400 years ago, and who was present then to state what really happened.”

    I assume that you also do not care about the what happened in Europe in the 30’s and 40’s. I assume you do not belive that Hitler and Stalin butchered millions of people.

  4. Cuban opposition leader Jorge Luis García Pérez, known as Antúnez, was released by police on Wednesday after being detained last Saturday in a violent incident at his city of birth, Placetas, in Villa Clara province.
    “My first words are to express my thanks to all those persons of good will who, somehow or other, decidedly contributed to my release,” said Antúnez in a statement made available by the Miami-based Directorio Democrático Cubano (Cuban Democratic Board).
    On Saturday, Antúnez was arrested, beaten and sprayed with pepper gas in a police jail cell.
    The domestic opposition movement and human rights activists had consistently denounced his detention.
    Last Thursday, Antúnez participated in a teleconference before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee dealing with the domestic situation in Cuba and the recent acts of harassment against the peaceful opposition.
    The U.S. government had demanded Antúnez’s immediate and unconditional release. At a recent press conference in Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland deplored the oppositionist’s arrest.
    Criticism has become strongest because Raúl Castro’s government seems to have activated a campaign to block the opposition’s plans to honor political prisoners on the occasion of Fathers’ Day, next Sunday.
    In the past 48 hours, the cell phones of several dissidents in Villa Clara and Santiago appeared to have been blocked by the authorities so they could not speak with supporters or journalists.
    “These actions highlight once again the repressive nature of the Cuban government, particularly with regard to citizens who peacefully express opposite points of view,” Nuland said. “We shall continue to support the Cuban people in its desire to determine their own future.”
    Joining the chorus of figures and personalities in U.S. politics who demanded Antúnez’s release was Senator Bill Nelson. In a letter to the chief of the Cuban Mission in Washington, Jorge Bolaños, the senator asked for an explanation.
    “I beg you to determine at once all the facts surrounding this affair and notify my office about Antúnez’s whereabouts and well-being,” Nelson said in his letter.
    Antúnez, 46, was released from prison in April 2007 after serving a 17-year sentence for allegedly engaging in enemy propaganda, attempts at sabotage and other crimes punishable by the Cuban penal code.
    Two weeks ago in Miami, groups of Cuban exiles showed a documentary that contains testimony from former political prisoners about the coercive methods used by the island’s prisons, and the consistent violation of the immates’ basic rights.
    The documentary, titled “Cuba’s Prisons: A Sequence of Terror,” was filmed and edited surreptitiously by members of the Oriental Democratic Alliance (ADO), a coalition of opposition groups in Cuba’s eastern provinces. The documentary included a testimony by Antúnez.

  5. Another day, another post full of hypocrisy and rubbish.

    Where are the answers on my questions team “yoani”?

    Why are you ignoring the questions?

    What are you trying to run away from?

    What are you hiding?

    Your hypocrisy is out in open. There’s nothing to hide. We all know what a bunch of liars and hypocrites you are.

    Answer my questions please.

    1. Why are you lying abut the situation in Cuba?
    2. Why are you working on destruction of your own country?
    3. Is it true that you are pretending to be the “future president” of Cuba?
    4. How much are you receiving from cia every month?
    5. Will you ever admit being liars and traitors, as your posts, including this one clearly confirm?
    6. How come with all that “oppression” in Cuba you are all free to rant your nazist ideology, your telephones are NOT BLOCKED, you are NOT ARRESTED, your internet access is NOT BLOCKED?
    7. How come you can and do travel around Cuba, as you have st***dly confirmed in a large number of your previous posts, while ranting on about “not being allowed to travel even within Cuba”?
    8. How come yo travel regularly out of Cuba, as confessed in the post about the travel to Nassau, yet you “cannot travel overseas”?
    9. How come you lie so much, and still think anyone believes these lies of yours?

    Please answer. We, foreigners, are REALLY interested to understand what is that you are trying to tell us with these lies?

    Since it is obvious what you are really trying to say: you adore Castros and they are your idols!
    You want to be a despot and a dictator just like them.

    You want to be Castros after Castros.

  6. WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it was “extremely concerned” about the health of Alan Gross, a contractor jailed in Cuba, as he is no longer able to walk due to degenerative arthritis.

    “We are extremely concerned about Alan Gross’ health. His health has seriously deteriorated during his incarceration,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

    She said that Gross had lost 100 pounds (45 kilograms) during detention and can no longer walk in his cell due to his condition.

    Gross was arrested in December 2009 for distributing laptops and communications equipment to Cuba’s small Jewish community under a US State Department contract.

    He was found guilty in March 2011 and sentenced to 15 years in prison for “acts against the independence or territorial integrity” of the communist-ruled island.

    “We call on the government of Cuba to release Alan Gross immediately and allow him to return to his family, bringing to an end this injustice that began more than two years ago,” Nuland said.

    Cuba has indicated that they would consider releasing Gross if the United States frees five Cubans convicted in an espionage ring in 2001. The United States has refused, saying that Gross is not a spy.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jlJOIys6TxXrfzJRL_Mg2z7140DA?docId=CNG.95a80110cc6c6e6e3d5d2540da9242f6.241

  7. VOICE OF AMERICA EDITORIAL: Path To Freedom In Cuba

    The United States remains committed to helping Cuba find a path to freedom.
    The message to Cuba and other governments across the hemisphere is clear said Assistant Secretary Jacobson: “Exercise of free speech is not criminal behavior. To the contrary, free speech is a right that must be defended. … We will be the first to cheer when a democratically chosen government in Cuba resumes its full participation in the Inter-American system.”
    The United States also recognizes the importance of engaging with the pro-democracy and human rights activists who have been working for years to expand the political and civil rights of all Cubans. U.S. foreign assistance programs in Cuba provide humanitarian assistance to political prisoners and their families, support the documentation of human rights abuses, and promote the free flow of information.

    In 2010 and 2011, the Cuban government released dozens of political prisoners. Unfortunately, their release did not bring about a fundamental change in the Cuban government’s poor record on human rights. The Cuban government has continued to punish political dissent, increasingly using repeated, short-term, arbitrary detentions to prevent citizens from assembling peacefully and expressing their opinions. It continues to limit freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and access to information. And it has continued to harass peaceful human rights defenders, including the courageous “Ladies in White.” The U.S. also continues to seek the release of U.S. citizen Alan Gross, an aid worker, who has been unjustly imprisoned in Cuba since 2009.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE DECLARATION!

    http://www.voanews.com/policy/editorials/Path-To-Freedom-In-Cuba–158964395.html

  8. Ok. I lie about a lot of things, but they’re normally just to bend the truth and I know that I’m lying, but I do it anyway. Small or big.I lie about it. I normally don’t get caught either because my friends trust me. Sometimes I believe my lies and i actually think that what I say happened to me. But then I start to think and try to bring myself back to reality by saying. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. I LIED! THAT’S NOT THE REALITY. I don’t do it to hurt people but i do it to make the things that DO happen to me more dramatic. I like for my friends to say DANG! Omg! I don’t know why. When I know I feel a lie come on, I try to stop myself because I know I’m going to lie…but I lie anyway. And I know I just told a lie. But I believe it because it’s my friend’s reality. My friend’s feel like it happened so I feel like it happened because to their reality it did. But I don’t ever hurt anybody in the lie.

  9. Simba Sez: Is it just me, or did Cuba Libre say something from 400 years ago wasn’t relative, but from 2000 years ago it was?

    No, not you Simba, it’s someone practicing his stand-up routine on this blog. Or maybe it’s just the dementia that comes with age, seeing he’s over 2000 years old. Just like Fidel.

  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Antonio Ramón “Tony” Díaz Sánchez is a member of the Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (MCL), a political-civic movement on the island headed by Oswaldo Payá, a prominent dissident. Within the MCL, Díaz was one of the founders and main organizers of the Varela Project.The Varela Project was founded in 1998 with the aim of converting into law rights already elaborated in the Cuban Constitution, based on a little-known provision in the Cuban Constitution, Article 88, that allows for citizens to introduce legislative initiatives to be decided by national referendum when accompanied by the signatures of at least 10,000 registered voters. Organizers throughout the island collected signatures on a petition calling for a referendum to enact five reforms as law. These reforms are: democratic elections, free speech, free enterprise, free assembly, and freedom for political prisoners.

    At great personal risk, Mr. Díaz, along with Mr. Payá and another Varela organizer, Regis Iglesias Ramirez, personally delivered more than 11,000 signatures to the Cuban National Assembly in May 2002. President Jimmy Carter mentioned the campaign in a live telecast from the University of Havana a few days later.

    In March 2003, Mr. Díaz, along with 74 other human rights activists, independent journalists and librarians, many of whom had participated in the Varela Project campaign, was arrested and summarily tried. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison under Law 88 of the Cuban Penal Code. Mr. Díaz is currently being held in the Canaleta provincial prison in Ciego de Avila, more than 400 km from his home in Havana.

    Filmmakers Carlos González and Pablo Rodríguez made this important 2003 Czech documentary with interviews with dissidents prior to the March 18 crackdown knows as The Black Spring and with their relatives after their arrests and summary trials. Takes a look at the Varela Project as well.

    YOUTUBE DOCUMENTARY: “La Primavera Negra de Cuba” The Cuban Black Spring- part #1 (English sub-titles)

  11. Clueless Liar wrote, “Who on earth cares about what went on in 1610, over 400 years ago, and who was present then to state what really happened.”

    Was that a question? Because if it was, you should use one of these “?” at the end of the sentence, that way your readers can begin to understand what the hell you’re on about. OK?

    As for who was present then to state what really happened, the book Yoani referred to was written in the year 1610, so you can deduce from that fact that the author of the book was around then. Do you follow?

    As for why Yoani mentioned this book, I recommend you read over her essay a few more times and see if you can get her point. Go ahead. It’s not that mysterious or hidden. Hint: the people have the right to rid themselves of tyrants.

  12. The Cuban people can point to this section of the constitution or that one, but so long as they are forced to live under the Communist constitution dictated to them at the barrel of a gun by Fidel Castro, they will never be free. The communist constitution will always have a clause empowering the State to do whatever it wants to the people. The people have no rights what so ever so long as the constitution grants to the State the power to override all other provisions.

  13. HALLELUJAH!!! WE HAVE INTERNET IN CUBA! OOPS, ITS STATE CONTROLLED “INTRANET”!! IT SOUND VERY SIMILAR BUT FAR FOR THE REAL THING!

    CNBC: MORE CUBANS HAVE LOCAL INTERNET, MOBILE PHONES!

    HAVANA (Reuters) – The number of Cubans linked to the country’s state-controlled intranet jumped more than 40 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year and mobile phone use rose 30 percent, the government reported, even as Cuba’s population remained largely cut off from unfettered access to the Internet.

    Communist-run Cuban monopolizes communications in the state-controlled economy. There is no broadband Internet in Cuba and the relatively few Internet users suffer through agonizingly long waits to open an email, let alone view a photo or video, which also hampers government and business operations.

    The National Statistics Office said the number of “Internet users reached 2.6 million last year, up from 1.8 million in 2010, although almost all were likely on the local intranet through government-run computer clubs, schools and offices.

    Cuba reports intranet use as Internet use even though access to the Internet is banned without government permission.

    The number of mobile phone users increased to 1.3 million in 2011, up from 1 million in 2010, the government said. Cubans do not have Internet connectivity on their phones.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/47814872

  14. IN THIS AGE OF INTERNET, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE & INSTANT MESSAGING IT ONLY TAKES A SPLIT SECOND TO HEAR OR READ NEWS! WE ARE ALL CONNECTED AND THAT IS THE CASTROFASCISTS’S ACHILLES HEEL! JE JE JE!

    FOX NEWS LATINO: Cuba Dissident Released from Jail after Alleged Beating, Rubio Says -By Serafin Gómez

    MIAMI – Jorge Luis García Pérez, a Cuban dissident known as “Antúnez,” who was allegedly beaten and detained by Cuban authorities shortly after testifying at a U.S. Senate hearing via video conference, has been released from custody, according to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
    Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations, told Fox News that “Antúnez” was recovering from his imprisonment.

    “The last update that we had is that he’s been released from prison but he is obviously not doing well,” said the Florida lawmaker, whose parents emigrated to the U.S. from Cuba in the 1950s. “He’s had a tough 48 hours or 72 hours and there are now new reports that other dissidents and other people who testified last week are now facing similar repression.”

    García Pérez spoke in a Wednesday afternoon conference call with Rubio and with the U.S. Senate’s only other Cuban-American, Democrat Bob Menéndez of New Jersey, shortly after his release from jail.

    Menéndez described García Pérez as being “brutally beaten” during his most recent incarceration by Cuban authorities.

    The pro-democracy activist has been imprisoned before by the Castro regime.

    “He was released but with charges — trumped up charges — which is an attempt to try and imprison him again. Since he spent 17 years in prison, simply for seeking peaceful diplomacy, peaceful movements towards democracy,” Menéndez told reporters in Washington, D.C. after their conversation ended.

    During the press conference, Rubio also said García Pérez said that the Cuban police informed him that he was jailed specifically because of testimony before the U.S. Congress.

    “He made it clear that one of the first things they mentioned when they brought him in, one of the first thing out of their mouths when he went to jail was ‘We heard what you said last week to the U.S. Senate committee,'” Rubio said.

    “He has no doubt whatsoever that the beatings and the treatments he received were directly linked to the fact that he appeared last week in our hearing,” Rubio added.

    Rubio also said that race could have played a role in the Cuban government’s treatment of García Perez.

    “The Castro regime will not tolerate black Cubans, Afro-Cubans speaking out against the revolution,” García-Pérez, who is of Afro-Cuban descent, told Rubio and Menéndez. “It is a very interesting perspective that we don’t hear enough about.”

    Serafin Gomez is the Miami Bureau Producer for FOX News Channel. Fin covers Politics, Florida, and Latin America. Follow Fin on Twitter: @Finnygo

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/06/14/cuba-dissident-released-from-jail-after-alleged-beating-rubio-says/

  15. Following your way to “think” castrofascist blogs must be the most unpopular and defamatory blogs in the world because the scattered comments they have when not zero……….. but for your disgrace Yoani brings not only thousand comments but millions, MILLIONS, M I L L I O N S of readers every month but in Spanish and English sites…… something that castrofascist bloggers only can to dream on even in their mother tongue!!!!!!

  16. 1Cuba Libre

    Junio 13th, 2012 at 19:01
    Wow, the second to last post in here had 23 comments. While the last post before this one had 5 comments. What a joke. Seems like your popularity and defamatory cause have just but disappeared.

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    Following your way to “think” castrofascist blogs must be the most unpopular and defamatory blogs in the world because the scattered comments they have when not zero……….. but for your disgrace Yoani brings not only thousand comments but millions, MILLIONS, M I L L I O N S of readers every month but in Spanish and English sites…… something that castrofascist bloggers only can to dream on even in their mother tongue!!!!!!

  17. Simba Sez: Is it just me, or did Cuba Libre say something from 400 years ago wasn’t relative, but from 2000 years ago it was? Oh, by the way, Cuba Libre what was it like 2000 years ago when you were present to tell us what really happened?

  18. I must have missed the part where Jesus Christ himself executed people in cold blood because they did not agree with him, or imprisoned people for being homosexual, or took their property away and gave it to his cronies.

    Comparing the murderer and tyrant Fidel to Jesus?

    BWAHAAAAAHAAAHAAAHAAAHAHAAHAHAA!!!

  19. ***
    One day a Romanian style revolution will occur in Cuba. With a firing squad removing the Castros and their friends from this earth. When the people come for their liberty.
    ***
    Algun dia un revolucion en el modo de Romania occurara en Cuba. Con un escuadron de tirar quitando los Castros y su amigos de esta tierra. Cuando la gente vienan por su libertad.
    ***
    John Bibb
    ***

  20. Cuba Libre! JUST REMEMBER, USE A CONDOM AT ALL TIMES!! BE SAFE BABY!!

  21. So, there’s this guy that I hook up with quite frequently (I’m a guy too), but he has a girlfriend and he’s a football player on a certain football team that just caused one of the biggest upsets in college football history not that long ago. His girlfriend is a really good friend of mine and she doesn’t even know I like guys at all- no one does.

  22. Just to make Cube Libra happy, I’ll comment here:

    Good luck to Yoani and all the brave and peaceful dissidents fighting a violent dictatorship with nothing but their pens.

  23. Cuba Libre, knock it off will you. Whine, whine, whine. Yoani is writing and posting a lot more than before and there’s hardly time for a lot of comments. What’s more, a lot of the comments on previous posts were made up of arguing with the nonsense posted by you and the demented Damir.

  24. Wow, the second to last post in here had 23 comments. While the last post before this one had 5 comments. What a joke. Seems like your popularity and defamatory cause have just but disappeared.
    Maybe if you changed your methods and talked about real life in Cuba today people would show more interest. Who on earth cares about what went on in 1610, over 400 years ago, and who was present then to state what really happened. If you recal correctly, over 2000 years ago a just man was sent to be crucified betrayed by one of his closest friends. I see alot of similarity with that betrayal of a man who wanted to save our souls, and you betraying the man who saved and freed your nation from tyrants.

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