"Working together for a free Cuba"





Inside Cuba, Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet González, a prisoner of conscience, sends his countrymen a message from the provincial prison of Pinar Del Rio through his wife, Elsa Morejón. This civic leader is serving a prison sentence of 25 years in inhumane conditions for the sole reason of defending, peacefully, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By: Dr. Oscar E. Biscet González
September 19, 2003

To my Cuban people wherever you are: be it inside our enslaved island or in exile anywhere in the world. I include also those descendents of Cubans born in other countries. To all of you I send you my warmest and sincere greeting.

Our efforts to gain the unconditional freedom of our homeland are almost at the point of becoming a reality. I do not have to resort to details to communicate to you what among Cubans is common knowledge. We suffer not from a state of division or from a fragmentation of our principles, but we lack a methodology to use. We do not lack unity of criteria regarding our values, but we are missing the means we should apply to gain our freedom. Unfortunately, significant differences of opinion have made possible divisions between exiled leaders and dissidents inside Cuba. These differences have given oxygen to the flames of the most recent and dangerous obstacle we confront.

I refer to the movement for complacency; a movement that attempts to make Cubans, who are faithful believers in freedom, believe that they have to applaud and accept small doses of liberty. A movement that suggests that we Cubans do not deserve full freedom, only small samples of it. With this movement of low expectations goes the speculation that other fragments of liberty and democracy will follow. This badly thought-out movement does not claim for Cubans basic human rights, which are recognized internationally, only suggests them. It does not demand the democratic rights of the violated Constitution of 1940 and, instead, chooses the illegitimate Communist constitution of 1976. This constitution is nothing more than an instrument of oppression, a malevolent document whose only purpose has been the justification of a totalitarian and badly formulated state. It is an illegal aberration that has permitted, and even encouraged, the incarceration and torture of political opponents without the smallest right to a legal process or to a defense. It is an atheist creation that has only served those who enslave our country.

To those who may feel tired after more than 40 years of constant oppression and fruitless efforts, to those who have lost their moral compass due to frustrations and disagreements, to those who today conclude that we must appease our oppressor, to them I ask: Is it worthy to the memory of the thousands of young Cubans, our best progeny, which were taken before a firing squad and shot dead for simply defending our right to full freedom, that we now accept complacency? Do the tens of thousands of patriots which served decades of years in prison, and that are actually serving them inside a prison system whose horrors we can only imagine, deserve only partial freedom? Do the innumerable families that were separated from their dear ones, destroyed in the process, similarly to those that have died at sea, or that have died in exile dreaming of a return to their homeland, do they deserve to accept the crumbs that are offered? Shall we accept defeat after almost half a century of patriotic heroism in search of our liberty and democracy, or shall we show the world that the most brutal and longest dictatorship of our time could not extinguish the unbreakable spirit of freedom of the Cuban people?

I should express that we have arrived at a crossroads on the path of our history. Almost fifty years ago we confronted as a people a similar historic decision. In those days many accepted the fatidic words which today once again are heard: "anything would be better than what we have now." They were wrong then, and they are wrong now. Tragically, more than 40 years of national nightmare have passed to find ourselves faced with the same disjunction, with the opportunity to rectify our errors and truly transform ourselves into the masters of our own destiny.

I make a call to the unity of all of my countrymen. There is only one road in front of us, a road that unites us and includes all Cubans in their totality. A road that demands full democracy, the unconditional freedom of the Cuban people under a system with a multiparty government elected democratically during free general elections. A road that leads to the establishment of a nation with rights guaranteeing equality under the law without distinction of race, sex, or religious beliefs. A road where all political prisoners are granted an immediate and unconditional amnesty.

Fellow Cubans, let us step forward doing so in a decisive and clear manner. The task that awaits us is hard, but not impossible. Together we can obtain for our nation a full democracy deserving of all its citizens.

To the leaders of the democratic nations of the world, to the American people, and, in particular, to the President of the United States of America, mister George W. Bush, we only ask a simple request: DO NOT SUPPORT OR PROMOTE ANY SOLUTION OR AGREEMENT WITH RESPECT TO THE CUBAN NATION THAT YOU WOULD NOT FIND ACCEPTABLE FOR YOUR OWN NATION.

May God illuminate our path to Cuba’s liberty.

Kilo Cinco y Medio Prison
Section 3, Gallery 30
Luis Lazo Highway
Pinar del Rio Province, Cuba

Source: CubaNet
Traslation: Joaquín Sueiro Bonachea USA
La Nueva Cuba
Octubre 5, 2003