Saturday, October 22, 2011

Refoundation and Pluralism / Rosa María Rodríguez Torrado

Refoundation and Pluralism / Rosa María Rodríguez Torrado
Rosa María Rodríguez Torrado, Translator: lapizcero

It is true that José Martí founded a political organization, the Partido
Revolucionario Cubano (Cuban Revolutionary Party), Fidel Castro founded
the Partido Comunista de Cuba (Cuban Communist Party), and many people
in our country and the world, just like them, have maintained their
membership in the different institutions that they have erected so that
from them they can work towards and develop their respective proposals.
Notwithstanding, they disrespect or do not know the rights of the rest
of their compatriots to legally create organizations and launch them
towards their Motherland's paths of history for the benefit of the
nation and the interests of all her children wherever they might be.

The justification so often bandied about by the Cuban government and its
mouthpieces — that in Cuba we have a single party system because Martí
founded only one party — is ridiculous. If we depart from that weak
argument, then we must answer that we should have refounded Martí's
party a few years ago – we owe it to him – as a political alternative to
the existing Communist party. Or is it that this is a right that only
pertains to descendants of the Movimiento 26 de Julio (26 July
Movement)? That they respect everybody's rights – not only a part of
them – and legalize Cuban organizations, is the best way to honor Marti,
the Apostle. Let us unfurl one of the mottoes of his profound political
thinking, collaborating with all and for the benefit of all which is the
best way to truly fulfill his dream, and restore, based on ethics, the
inalienable right for all times of creating new parties.

Translated by: lapizcero

October 18 2011

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