What Are You Complaining About? / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on March 7, 2016
Rebeca Monzo, 7 March 2016 — Many citizens complain about events such as
these: President Obama’s visit, the Rolling Stones concert, the Chanel
fashion show on the Paseo del Prado, international sporting events and
others. They often take them as a show of support for the regime, and
not as an opening that, despite the government’s intransigence, forces
them to “open themselves to the world,” as Pope John Paul said, although
against the opinions of many leaders, including Raul himself, who fear
these openings because they know very well that they are cracks, which
will widen more and more, and which will cause the absolute control they
are accustomed to exercising over the population to slip from their hands.
The positive side of all this is, to my way of thinking, that they are
forced to undertake restoration and maintenance work that has been
ignored for five decades in favor of prioritizing political
proselytizing and the export of ideology. All this will ultimately bring
benefits to the people, and the increasing arrival of foreigners,
despite the lack of infrastructure and sanitary problems of every kind
that face the city in trying to receive them.
Ultimately, they have no alternative but to undertake public works to
improve transport, hygiene and the sanitation of the whole city, which
benefits not only the foreign visitors but the entire citizenry in one
way or another, because they are alarmed by the “importation” of Zika to
our island the fall of tourism and the chance for foreign investment.
Thinking of the positive side of these events and not that they are not
being realized in the way we as an incipient civil society aspire to,
unrecognized by the regime.
This is something like the fight against dengue fever. If we try to
liquidate the mosquito only by burning oil, as they have done until now,
over almost forty years, we are only going to ensure that it becomes
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