Reinaldo Escobar, Translator: Unstated
"1.8 …a climate of utmost trust should be encouraged and the necessary
conditions created at all levels for the widest and honest exchange of
opinions, both within the Party an in its relations with the workers and
the people. This would allow, in a framework of respect and commitment,
the expression of ideas and diverse concepts, in a way that
disagreements are assumed to be a normal thing."
Taken from the base document of the First Cuban Communist Part Congress.
On this point I have more questions that opinions. Here are some of them:
Does this climate of utmost trust refer exclusively to the relations
that the Communist Party establishes (a) among its militants, (b) in its
relations with the workers and the people?
Does the widest and honest exchange of opinions include the political
opinions of others or those adverse to the ideology of the Communist Party?
It is understood that this must happen in a framework of respect, but
what does a framework of commitment signify?
Can the expression of diverse concepts happen through the mass media?
Will "spontaneous reprisals" be prohibited, such as the repudiation
rallies directed against those who express in the streets and in a
peaceful way their disagreement with the politics of the Communist Party?
Will official reprisals be ended, such as arbitrary arrests, preventing
people from entering public places, home arrests, kidnappings, forced
interrogations, denial of permission to leave the country, false
accusations and public disgrace with no right to respond, the control of
technological and communications media, the confiscation of literature,
wiretapping, surveillance, harassment and other oppressive activities
practiced daily against those who don't want to wait to be given
permission to be honest?
25 October 2011