Monday, March 31, 2014

UNEAC - A VIII Congress Like the Previous

UNEAC: A VIII Congress Like the Previous / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on March 30, 2014

If Fidel and Raul Castro should be delegates to the UNEAC Congress
again, we can predict right now that it will be a copy of the previous,
which, viewed from a distance, did not achieve any social scope, saving
to mitigating development, destroying illusions and win the trust of
power with opportunistic statements.

All those of us from the base who have participated in these events,
know that the presidents of the associations, not to mention of UNEAC
and is vice-president, are handpicked according to political trust. The
vote of the artists don't decide, but their personalities are malleable.

I remember a ballot count when the now-deceased Guillermo Vidal–a great
writer from Las Tunas–obtained a huge triumph in the votes, but he was
not invited to join the Congress because his literature and posture were

The system of elections of the UNEAC is similar to that of the president
of the nation; a total fraud.

The creator's guild does not answer to its members but to the State.
It's just a detail that makes an organization useless and falacious.

Dreaming of a Pen Club to work for the benefit of its members, will be
the carrot of Cuban writers.

Ángel Santiesteban-Prats

Lawton Prison settlement. March 2013

To sign the petition please follow the link, asking Amnesty
International to declare Angel a prisoner of conscience.

Translated by: Shane J. Cassidy

7 March 2014

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