“Diverse opinions, even with a different political sense from the one prevailing in the country, do not constitute a crime. To think differently, to question what one is being, that in itself does not constitute a crime. To demonstrate, moreover, far from constituting a crime constitutes a constitutional right of people. Freedom of opinion, freedom of the press, of belief, even of political or ideological affiliation, that does not constitute a crime “, those were the exact words of the president of the Supreme Court of Cuba, Rubén Remigio Ferro, last 24 July, during a press conference in Havana, dedicated to the anti-government protests of July 11.
“What is the crime? Inviting riots, disorders, attacking, damaging, injuring, disobeying and disregarding the indications that are aimed at preserving order and tranquility in the first place,” the official said then.
However, two months later, the Cuban government has completely changed its discourse and has questioned what Remigio Ferro had previously stated. In the official response given to the Archipelago group, regarding its request for authorization to hold a peaceful demonstration in different parts of the country to demand the release of political prisoners and respect for Human Rights, the star argument is that the intention of its promoters in “promoting a change in the political system in Cuba”; therefore, in his opinion, the peaceful demonstration would be illegitimate.
“Article 45 of our Magna Carta states that ‘the exercise of people’s rights is only limited by the rights of others, collective security, general welfare, respect for public order, the Constitution and the laws’ In its article 4 it is defined that “the socialist system endorsed by this Constitution is irrevocable” for which all action taken against it is illegal, “the plan indicates.
In this regard, the Archipelago group has said that the official declaration has served to demonstrate, once again, that in Cuba there is no rule of law, since the rulers are not willing to respect even their own constitution and violate the Human Rights of the Cubans.
“The regime’s response has made the president of the Supreme Court himself ridiculous, who said that Cuba would respect the right to demonstrate. The regime’s response is full of falsehoods, defamations and lies. The regime’s response constitutes a crime. In November, our personal decision will be to march civically and peacefully for our rights. In the face of authoritarianism, we will respond with civility and more civility. ”
So far, Archipiélago, a group created on Facebook on August 9, already brings together some 26,600 people, and has managed to articulate with various groups of opponents and activists to convene this first peaceful social action, under the name March Civic for Change.
The initial call was for November 20, but when the Ministry of the Armed Forces decided to declare that day the National Defense Day, its organizers decided to advance it to November 15, the date on which Cuba is expected to open its borders. to international tourism.