How dissidents launched a libertarian movement in Cuba despite being beaten, imprisoned, and banned from using computers

Nelson Rodriguez Chartrand in PanAm Post:

Beaten, imprisoned, and barred from using computers: how cuban dissidents launched the Cuban Anarcho-Capitalist Libertarian Movement

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As is customary in Cuba, when dictator Raúl Castro visits a city on the island-nation, security forces purge the streets of any opposition–just like when his brother Fidel was in power.

Which is why, two weeks ago, when the younger Castro arrived in the eastern province of Camagüey, opposition members were forbidden to go out in public, and those who had gathered together were arrested, threatened, humiliated and mistreated.

The next day, when I approached the state entities to find out about the detainees’ well-being, I was also arrested myself, and suffered as much as they did.

We are now, weeks later, finally able to send the audiovisual content of the repression. The delay is due to the precarious conditions that exist on the island in terms of technology, particularly for members of the opposition–the regime forbids us from exercising our professions, and as such limits access to any means of financing better communication.

Outside of Havana, this phenomenon is particularly precarious: access to technology is almost nil, the price unpayable, and residential Internet access, nonexistent.

But above all, we had to recover our freedom first. That is, leave the jail cell and then wait a prudent amount of time to share what happened to us with the press.

As you know, in Cuba only one party is allowed, the Communist Party, and there is only one written media outlet, Granma.

That is why they persecute us, and why we do not have the means to spread the word.

You are probably aware that when socialism increases in a nation, so does the repression towards those who are dissatisfied with that system; as can be seen in Venezuela. Instead of allowing people to produce and exchange voluntarily and peacefully, they condemn the population to state dependence and servitude. Such slavery is reliant on what their government can give them, after taking it away from another, and sometimes even themselves.

No matter which country you are in, the equation for failure is the same: more state intervention in the economy implies greater poverty, and more state intervention means less citizen participation.

Therefore, in accordance with our values, we have decided to form an organization that represents a philosophy inverse to the dominant one on the island: the Cuban Anarcho-Capitalist Libertarian Movement.

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