Archive for August, 2012

The National General Strike is an important initiative sponsored by the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Front for Civic Resistance and Disobedience. As its name indicates, this initiative seeks a partial paralysis of the entire national infrastructure through strong and systematic actions by the forces of internal resistance. In its first and second stages the General Strike is part of a continuing campaign of non-cooperation. This strike can be successful only after a real and resolute decision by a significant number of citizens to deny responsibility for, or to cooperate with, the oppressive regime.

It must be made clear that, although the National Front is calling for and sponsoring this crucial campaign, it can only be viable with the participation of each and every constituency for change, whether it be the National Front, political parties, movements, regional coalitions — in other words the energetic forces of Cuban resistance, which are the primary vehicle of democratic change.

The campaign for the National General Strike will use only peaceful means so that no constituencies which take part can in any way confuse the strike with economic sabotage, or the destruction of or attacks on state or private property.

It is the policy of the General Strike to be dissuasive and persuasive, acknowledging that, to succeed, we must work patiently, motivated by great faith and certainty. The only true potential for change comes from citizens who support us, as well as those who simply look upon us with indifference, fear or admiration for what we are doing. This includes those we see walking beside us, in line behind us, from a private office, and even those attacking us in so-called acts of repudiation. All can unite with us and contribute to the great day of the General Strike.

The campaign for a General Strike can, in a powerful way, also help to do away with the worrying fear of change that persists in many areas of society, especially among those who are ill-informed and those most compromised by the current regime.

The concept must be clearly understood, both by the promoters of the General Strike as well as by those who hear its message. The purpose of the strike is not to destroy, obstruct or cause damage to anyone or anything. Its intention is to peacefully boycott the means of production that confer profits on those who misgovern the millions of Cubans who are hungry, oppressed, and without liberty or the right to protest.

The Strike is a decision and commitment by everyone, or by a great and significant majority of Cubans, to say, “Enough!” The strategy of the General Strike is in accordance with basic, universally recognized rights and freedoms, which — together with the peaceful tactics it employs — gives it legitimacy and puts it in harmony with human dignity itself, something of primary importance.

Though a recent idea, one born that was born in Cuba, the strategy of the General Strike Campaign is based on innumerable precedents and inspired by similar actions around the globe. These have been successful in spite of a number of differing circumstances, such as culture and language.

The change which the General Strike seeks is viable under any circumstance in the struggle against the oppressive and totalitarian system.

The first phase of the campaign is outlined below:

To effect a total or partial strike before doing the necessary preparation or raising public awareness is so unlikely as to be almost impossible — even more so in a country like ours in which repression affects everyone and is everywhere, where a sinister and comprehensive system of repression controls, spies on, and penalizes the slightest and most moderate expression of discontent or dissent. It is unthinkable and impossible to bring the country to a total or partial standstill when little or next to nothing has been done domestically to systematically provide information to the average Cuban, who is misinformed and bombarded by the state media monopoly.

Therefore, the Orlando Zapata Tamayo Front for Civic Resistance proposes an introductory phase to develop an intense and on-going public awareness campaign. This program will present the citizenry with mottoes and slogans with social themes, which will initially identify us as being concerned with the needs of the people.

This will help convince Cubans of the nature of their situation, that they have rights, and that these right must be respected. This information blitz will be carried out through visible channels such as text messaging, Twitter accounts, CD’s, flash drives, printed material, as well as through pamphlets, placards and signs posted in visible, public spaces.

We can also solicit support, through broadcasts and other media, from friends who support the Cuban cause. This duration of this initial campaign, to be called “Cubans, Defend Your Rights,” will be open-ended if it is determined that it can— given its importance  — be postponed, or rather extended, to other phases of the larger campaign.

This first phase is one of outreach, both internally and externally, to the public, which has the potential to play a leading role in the very necessary and essential change. It will be launched in light of the hard reality that most Cubans lack access to the internet, satellite television or cable.

Regrettably, outside of Cuba a not insignificant number of people are able to analyze Cuban reality from the viewpoint of an open society with a free flow of information, one of numerous advantages common in other countries. In Cuban society only the official version can be published, and only when and how the governing elite decide to publish it.

Luis García Pérez Antúnez

Secretary General of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Front for Civic Resistance and Civil Disobedience, who will neither be silenced nor will leave Cuba, and who reiterates that his primary objective today is the “National General Strike.”

Placetas, Cuba

 August 24 2012

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Rio Verde Declaration

Members and officers of the Orlando Zapata National Civic Resistance Front, meeting this Sunday, July 29, 2012, in Havana’s Rio Verde neighborhood, agreed by unanimous consensus to publish our full, open and unconditional support of two indisputable leaders of the Resistance, victims of a dirty and cunning maneuver of the Castro regime and its sinister political police in pursuit of political and moral disrepute.

Our coalition of coalitions raises its voice in support of Raúl Luís Risco Pérez and Eriberto Liranza Romero, president of the Pinar del Rio Democratic Alliance and the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy, respectively, who in retaliation for their courageous and important pro-democracy activism, they are trying to demonize with all kinds of slander and even death threats.

Our Front, aware that the authorship of this strategy lies with the political police, not only reiterate our support for the brothers mentioned above but will hold the Castro dictatorship liable for what may happen.

United in thought and action, present at the meeting:

Jorge Luís García Pérez (Antúnez)
Sara Martha Fonseca Quevedo
Yanelys Cabrera Bouza
Julio Columbié Batista
Arturo Conde Zamora
Julio Ignacio León Pérez
Bartolo Márquez Alcebo

Also added:

Rolando Rodríguez Lobaina
Misael Valdez García
Martha Días Rondón
Rafael Leyva Leyva
Delmides Fidalgo López
Yoandris Montoya Avilés
Santos Fernández Sánchez
Yoan David González Milanés
Segundo Rey Cabrera González
Idania Yanes Contreras
Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera
Damaris Moya Portielis
Ricardo Pupo Sierra
Leticia Ramos Herrería
Hermógenes Guerrero Gómez
José Díaz Silva

In a meeting held in the Rio Verde neighborhood, in the capital municipality of Boyeros, activists from different organizations of the internal opposition on various topics discussed Cuban issues, especially the struggle for democratic change in Cuba. They also discussed and analyzed the Front’s statues, program of struggle, and its rules; among them the most important agreements of the day on Sunday include:

Issue a public and timely statement of support for the opposition leaders and Eriberto Liranza Romero and Raúl Luis Risco Pérez, directors of our front and victims of a dirty, sneaky maneuver of a smear campaign by the regime and its sinister political police.

Continue with the restructuring of the structure and executive of the front, that is to adapt to the current and ever-changing and dynamic civic conditions. In this regard it was agreed by unanimous consensus to define the roles of regional coordinators in the west and east of the country taking into account the geopolitical and demographic characteristics of those regions.

In this regard the functions are as follows:

Western Regional coordinators:

In the provinces of Havana and Mayabeque:

Eriberto Liranza Romero, president of the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy.

In the provinces of Pinar del Rio, Artemisa, Isla de Pino:

José Díaz Silva. President of the Opposition Movement for a New Republic

Eastern Regional Coordinators:

Provinces Las Tunas, Holguin and Granma:

Delmides Fidalgo Lopez

Provinces, Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo:

Misael Garcia Valdez

As a colophon to the activity, a peaceful protest was held, a kind of lightening march of less than 100 yards where we chanted slogans for human rights, freedom of political prisoners and advocated for the campaign Towards the National Strike as well as harrangued loudly in support of opposition leaders and Eriberto Liranza Romero and Raúl Luis Risco Pérez, highlighting them as the sole and undisputed leaders of the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy and the Democratic Alliance of Pinar del Rio, respectively, both groups founding members of the Front.

Also attending the meeting and march that was held in the street between 275th and 160th, Rio Verde Neighborhood, Boyeros Municipality, Havana, this July 29, 2012 were:

Jorge Luís García Pérez (Antúnez)
Sara Martha Fonseca Quevedo
Yanelys Cabrera Bouza
Julio Columbié Batista
Arturo Conde Zamora
Julio Ignacio León Pérez
Bartolo Márquez Alsebo
Raúl Luis Risco Pérez
Eriberto Liranza Romero

July 31 2012

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