LAS TUNAS, Cuba. — It is a perogrullo truth: a caricature of democracy masks the Castro-communist dictatorship in Cuba, and, what I am going to express, is only one of the hundreds of examples that show how the civil rights of Cubans are manipulated and restricted. Since next Sunday the “elections” of “deputies” will be held to form the so-called “National Assembly of People’s Power”, outraged, residents of Puerto Padre have asked me to write this article about an inconceivable act of “socialist democracy”: that of having someone who has no link with that demarcation elected as a parliamentarian of a municipality.
It turns out that Mrs. Teresa Amarelle Boué, a native of the formerly “Francisco” mill, renamed as “Amancio Rodriguez”, on the southern coast of Las Tunas province, has already served one term —and is going for another— as a “deputy” to Parliament for Puerto Padre, without having had a recognized domicile in this municipality in the past or present, or ascendants or descendants. She is not known to have any type of filial, natural, residential or employment relationship, beyond her provincial and national positions in the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) or the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), therefore, not a few natives of Puerto Padre —a city increasingly filthy in the face of government apathy and the stampede of its citizens— wonder: “How can this woman represent a town where she was not born or lived; in which she didn’t walk the streets to go to school, much less, she sweated her blouse working? Is it that Puerto Padre does not have children to represent it?
Personally, I think that those who ask questions in this way are actually clueless and do not understand how “socialist democracy” works, designed for a society to function like smokescreens or disguises in armies. I believe that not only the “deputy for Puerto Padre”, Teresa María Amarelle Boué (general secretary of the FMC, member of the Political Bureau, the highest management body of the PCC, the highest authority of the Cuban State, with legislative and governmental power), but all The “deputies” from all the towns and cities of Cuba function in the same way, and it doesn’t matter if they are beloved children or perfect strangers in those towns.
The reason is very simple: none of these “delegates” respond to themselves or their “constituents”, but rather to the strategies drawn up to perpetuate the Castro-communist dictatorship in power.
In a country governed by a regime that functions like a corporation of monopolies, both the “president” Díaz-Canel and the “deputy” Teresa are nothing but instruments, cogwheels in the transmission system of the so-called “dictatorship of the proletariat”, which is nothing more than the prosaic domination of a group with the appearance of magnanimous over the dispossessed of always. This is how I wrote it on August 20, 2020, when this same site, regarding a report on state television in which it showed Mrs. Teresa Amarelle doing volunteer work in the fields, planting corn by hand, published the article From Jethro Tull’s planter to Teresa’s bootsin which he expressed: “Teresa, with her little rubber boots cut to ankle level, kicking the ground, one little kick to the right, another to the left, and another to the center, putting one, two, three grains of corn in the furrow, reminded me of Jethro Tull.”
The member of the Political Bureau of the PCC, general secretary of the FMC and “deputy” to Parliament for Puerto Padre, sowing corn by hand like our aborigines before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America, reminded me of Jethro Tull, the inventor of the seeder. This is also how all Cubans should remember this Sunday, when the regime’s electoral commissioners, in a similar simulation and showing solidarity with the peasant who does not have a planter, while the bureaucrats drive by car, summon them to vote.
Cubans should only keep in mind that on this island there is no corn, rice, beans, plantains, meat or milk; much less freedom to produce and trade, because the “deputies” to Parliament, it does not matter if they are born and raised in the city, or genuine upstarts like Teresa Amarelle in Puerto Padre, instead of legislating public policies for the benefit of the governed, they enact laws leveraging the governors, the people living in and for power. That being the case, it is better not to vote for the one you know or for the one you are about to meet, because, as the saying goes: “he is the same dog with a different collar”. And by necklace he does not understand a jewel, but a chain.
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