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Nothing.

Should it come as a surprise that Cuba’s state-run media, GRANMA, makes no mention of this week’s Cuban Social Media movement? Why would it? It is not in their interest to allow non-violent demonstrations be part of their coverage. In the world of Cuban state media, it is better to deny reality than actually admit it.


Instead, we get the following English post by Raúl Castro: The Revolutionary Rebellion in Egypt. There is support for Egypt and what is has accomplished. But do we read about how social media propelled a movement to overthrow a dictator? Instead we get this:

After 18 days of harsh battling, the Egyptian people attained an important objective: to defeat the United States’ principal ally in the heart of the Arab countries. Mubarak was oppressing and plundering his own people, he was an enemy of the Palestinians and an accomplice of Israel, the sixth nuclear power on the planet, associated with the military NATO group.

And we get this:

The United States supplies Israel with the most modern and sophisticated armament, worth billions of dollars every year. Egypt, an Arab country, was converted into the second recipient of U.S. weapons. To fight against whom? Against another Arab country? Against the Egyptian people themselves?

When the population was demanding respect for their most elemental rights and the resignation of a president whose policies consisted of exploiting and plundering his people, the repressive forces trained by the United States did not hesitate to fire on them, killing hundreds and wounding thousands.

Castro also ends with these statements:

Obama is affected by the events in Egypt; he acts or appears to act as if he were the owner of the planet. What is happening in Egypt seems to be his own issue. He has not stopped talking over the telephone with leaders of other countries.

We support the valiant Egyptian people and their struggle for political rights and social justice.

We are not opposed to the people of Israel; we are opposed to the genocide of the Palestinian people and in favor of their right to an independent state.

We are not in favor of war, but rather in favor of peace among all peoples.

So the Cuban government is in favor of peace, but will it allow its own people to express themselves the same way that Egyptians did? Will it allow for democracy to flourish on the island? Will it provide its own people with true freedom of expression and self-determination?

The answer is, quite simply, no.

The reality is clear: it is in the interest of the United States to see a free and democratic Cuba. While Cuba’s Communist leaders form partnerships with China, President Obama eased travel restrictions to Cuba in the hopes of increasing civil society on the island. Yes, a free Cuba will be better for the United States.

Although the irony is that the one group that is salivating for Cuba to be liberated, Cuban American Florida Republicans, are quick to criticize the Obama administration for doing this. As Florida Republican Senator and Cuban American Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said:

They will not make the Castro regime show respect for human rights, and they certainly won’t help the Cuban people free themselves from the despotic tyranny which oppresses them.

So basically it comes down to this: the Cuban government criticizes the Obama administration. Florida Republican Cuba American leaders criticize the Obama administration. The politics of extreme are alive and well in Havana and Miami.

No wonder people are ready to demonstrate and use social media to get their messages across. Politicians cannot be relied upon.

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The following is the English version of the Spanish press release written by “Por el levantamiento popular en Cuba” (“For the Popular Uprising in Cuba”), a social media movement formed on Facebook two weeks ago to promote peaceful regime change in Cuba.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2011

From February 21 through February 26, individual and mass demonstrations to promote non-violent and peaceful regime change in Cuba will occur all over the world. For a list of all organized demonstrations, visit this link: Organized Events to Promote Regime Change in Cuba.

The demonstrations, which will be held peacefully, has the support of the global Cuban exile community. Additional peaceful demonstrations will also occur in Cuba during the same time period. February 23 marks the one-year anniversary of the death of political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo.

The Facebook page, “Por el levantamiento popular en Cuba” (“For the Popular Uprising in Cuba”), currently has over 4,000 members as of February 20. Members who have joined come from all over the world and have organized a wave of protests in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Las Palmas, Berlin, Milan, Stockholm, Paris, Portland, Washington, D.C., Miami, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Alberta. Other countries will have demonstrations, including inside Cuba. We cannot list the Cuban cities for obvious reasons, but we can confirm the time and date of a demonstration in the Cuban capital city of Havana, a clear and powerful protest against the current Cuban dictatorship and the regime’s repressive forces.

We insist that all the protests and demonstrations will be peaceful in nature even though there is a very likely possibility that the Cuban government will react violently to stop any activity that will promote freedom in Cuba. The Cuban government has on several occasions reacted in a similar way in front of its consulates in Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, and Norway. For example, last year in Norway, the Cuban Vice Counsel bit a young Swiss woman born to Cuban parents.

We want to communicate our commitment and determination to exercise our right to protest the end of the oldest dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere, a dictatorship that has repeatedly violated human rights and imprisoned individuals who oppose the regime, even though there are strenuous efforts by the European Union to bring democracy to Cuba.

We ask you to please cover this week’s activities and report about these unprecendented number of protests.

We have included links to videos and and other links from media outlets all over the world that have already reported about this initiative.

CNN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dv9FBdXeyLw

TELEMUNDO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-ayUAWpnCg

BAYNEWS 9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rptI-42njXM

Diario “El Mundo”
http://www.elmundo.es/america/2011/02/02/cuba/1296604782.html

Diario “Nuevo Herald”
http://www.elnuevoherald.com/2011/02/03/880321/grupo-de-facebook-trata-de-alentar.html

Radio Nederland Internacional
http://www.rnw.nl/espanol/bulletin/crean-el-sitio-del-movimiento-popular-en-cuba

ANTENA 3
http://www.antena3.com/videos-online/noticias/mundo/cuba-quiere-evitar-levantamiento-ciberdisidentes_2011021600007.html

From “Por el Levantamiento Popular en Cuba”
Contact: levantamientoencuba@yahoo.com
Twitter: @levanta_cuba

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