A group of Cuban exiles is planning to come up with a series of signs that they hope will be disseminated throughout Cuba in a campaign of “passive resistance” against the castro regime.

Last year around this time, George “El Pitbull” came up with the Ya No Mas meme above as a way to inspire Cubans to put an end to 47 years of hell.

Perhaps this is a good time, on July 26th, to renew our efforts.


Three Cuban exile groups announced a campaign Tuesday to encourage a wave of passive resistance in Cuba to combat Fidel Castro’s government peacefully.

The groups, M.A.R. for Cuba, Plantados until Freedom and Democracy in Cuba, and Cuban Democratic Directorate, unveiled posters that emulate street signs that they plan to smuggle into Cuba and disseminate on the island.

The signs, which are a striking red and yellow, say ”yo no,” [I don’t] followed by different words, sigo [follow], reprimo [repress], asisto [assist], chivateo [snitch], coopero [cooperate] and repudio [repudiate].

The groups said the signs will be circulated inside Cuba as stickers and fliers, although they declined to specify how they will sneak them in. Two of the groups, Directorate and Plantados, receive federal funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Group leaders said the campaign was launched after dissidents inside Cuba appealed to the exile community to help them spread the word of passive resistance inside the island. The groups believe there are signs from the island that passive resistance is growing. For example, they said, many people now refuse to engage in acts of repudiation against their neighbors.

6 thoughts on “Signs”

  1. I wonder what the dissidents are saying about the groups’ going public with this information? I’m not sure what I think of it, but I guess this is somehting to think about:
    – If the signs are getting distributed and posted anyway, why risk dissidents taking more heat by announcing that they’re coming from exile groups?
    – Might this not also have a similar detrimental effect as far as the way that people outside of the cuban/exile communities see whatever becomes of this campaign?

    Word would have gotten out eventually, so I guess they might as well come out now and say it. And It’s the right thing, so as far as principle goes, we shouldn’t have to hide this.

    I just wonder how much consideration those points were given.

  2. elbombillo,

    Its apparent to me that we simply must stop walking on eggs shells and the dissidents know full well the risks they are taking. Enough of this fear of reprisals shit. the reprisals will come whether we do somethging or not.

  3. I agree that fear of reprisals is counterproductive and futile. Still, I wonder what the people in Cuba have to say about it.

    Regardless of how fearless you want to be, though, there’s no denying that – in some minds – the fact that exile groups are behind this will only strengthen the idea that Cuban dissidents are “CIA backed” or “agents of the US” or whatever else, even if it IS all lies and pulled out of thin air. Isn’t that somehting worth thinking about? Can’t boldness only go so far before it becomes counterproductive as well?

    Again, I’m not saying I have a strong stance one way or the other in this particular case. Just some food for thought.

  4. Considering we are talking about bumper stickers (or the like) there is no way the Cuban opposition could have had them printed on the island. The only reasonable explanation would be that they were smuggled in from abroad. We might as well give credit were credit is due: Miami exile groups.

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