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Apparently, Evo Morales ignores why thousands of Cubans flee from “the best democracy” risking their lives

“I saw that in Cuba there is the best democracy, what dictatorship?” Evo Morales paraded his phrases through Argentina without anyone confronting him. He pronounced them seriously, convinced, perhaps dreaming that this particular “democracy” of which he speaks could one day be extended to all of Latin America. It would be to combat the “murderous empire” and the media that “are worse than the atomic bomb” without which that diabolical “right” would not exist.

The Great Homeland that the former president of Bolivia dreams of seems clear, although not very tempting: very close to Vladimir Putin’s Russia, absent of critical voices that disturb the official discourse and without political options for which the population can vote. Cuba.

Perhaps because of that contempt he has for the free media, Morales has not been aware that in recent months the Cuban exodus has multiplied. The hunger that weighs on the population is not the product of any embargo, but of the recurring policies of his friend Miguel Díaz-Canel. In Cuba there is no milk, not even. Nor chickens and the few that are consumed come precisely from the “empire”. It is difficult to understand this blockade by which the cows do not produce milk and the chickens only come from North American farms.

A total of 3,369 Cuban rafters have been rescued in deplorable conditions by the United States Coast Guard since October 1, 2021. They were desperately fleeing from “the best democracy in the world” despite the fact that they had to do so in fragile boats whose autonomy to cross the distance that separates Cuba from the Florida Keys depends more on divine will than on engineering, winds and tides. It would be interesting to know the explanation that could come out of Morales’ mouth to justify this type of recklessness that countless times ends in tragedy.

Also more than 140,000 Cubans were detained from October to May on the border between Mexico and the United States, in what constitutes one of the largest migrations from the island in decades. Would you call those people who put their lives at risk imperialist worms? Everything is possible.

Morales also seems to be unaware that in this “democracy” those who raise their voices against the Castro regime are persecuted to prison and torture. In a country where dissident media do not exist, those voices could be the equivalent of the “atomic bombs” that the cocalero leader fears so much. On July 11, 2021 thousands of Cubans exploded against the dictatorship. They demanded the basics: food, health and freedom.

That unprecedented challenge to Castroism was enough to launch one of the strongest repressive campaigns against the population. Parapolice, intelligence and military agents were mobilized to prevent these complaints from being heard. Thousands were arrested. Among them minors. Many of them suffered torture.

Currently, in “the best democracy” there are 953 political prisoners and prisoners of conscience according to data provided by the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights. During the first half of 2022, at least 2,977 repressive actions were documented, including 719 arbitrary arrests and 636 illegal retentions in homes. The system of government praised by Morales persecutes its detractors into their homes.

Morales – who left power after committing a scandalous fraud in the November 2019 elections – also defended the Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro. He was brief, however, in his arguments. He said that in the nation subjugated by Chavismo “there is freedom of expression.” He did not continue in that conceptual line – due to lack of data to support it? – And he continued talking about how the Venezuelan economy was flourishing.

In his tour of Argentine state media, the former Bolivian president had time in addition to being a true squire of Vladimir Putin. For the man whose coca leadership is at stake, Russia was about to be invaded by NATO and the United States and he had no choice but to defend himself and attack Ukraine on February 24. An external aggression against its sovereignty was imminent, revealed Morales. It is unknown if the unpublished argument surprised inside the Kremlin.

Beyond his disconnection on global issues, Morales is concerned about something very internal within Bolivia: his command of his coca grower. The closeness of him and the promotion of Peruvian producers -since the arrival of Pedro Castillo- has provoked the discontent of his own bases in Chapare. The neighboring country increases production and many see comrade Evo as responsible. The former president, in this, wants a free market and increase the yield of the fields. He did not explain until now, either, with what commercial objective.

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José Martí
José Martí
Nacionalista cubano, poeta, filósofo, ensayista, periodista, traductor, profesor y editor.

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