Jul 17, 2022
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What could originally have been a historical Country Email List milestone – the dialogue between cultural officials and independent artists – began to be narrated from power as a “provocation of imperialism”, a “Trump plan” or a “counterrevolutionary Country Email List attempt”. Those who echo this story not only align themselves with the most immobile and conservative current of the Cuban government, but also question the credibility of most of the island's Country Email List intellectual and artistic field, which supports young . The exceptionalist logic of the Cuban system tends to consider any protest as a provocation at the service of foreign aggression. The official narrative, which ended up Country Email List being articulated with the government demonstration last Sunday in Trillo Park in Havana, did not distinguish between the actions of the San Isidro Movement and the protest in front of the Ministry of Culture. Both events, according to President Miguel Díaz-Canel, were chapters of the Country Email List same " media show ", of a "last attempt" by the Trump government and the "anti-Cuban mafia" to "overthrow the Cuban Revolution." In line with this story, the Ministry of Culture formally broke off the dialogue with young people last Friday, December 4. And that speech is repeated in the face of Country Email List unprecedented protests on the island. If something has become evident in these Country Email List days, it is that this artificial division of Cuban culture into "revolutionaries" and "counterrevolutionaries" no longer works for the new generation of artists and intellectuals. It doesn't work for them Country Email List and it doesn't work for the bureaucracy, which will have to deal with the growing demands for autonomy and agency from an increasingly critical youth. It would be good for those bureaucrats to reread, without the usual distortions, José Martí, who said that to create a republic with justice and dignity Country Email List for all, the only possible motto is "freedom without anger."