Granma and One-Party System

The leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba have once again declared against other political organizations that have nothing to do with Marxism-Leninism or similar doctrines. Apparently, the institutions and organizations that have been in control of the countryʼs destiny since early 1960s want to maintain unanimity in its postulates.

Photo: PIN
Photo: PIN

The main proves of the authorities’s unwillingness to give up its absolute hegemony achieved exclusively by a combination of populism, repressions and the extreme control of the media can be found on the pages of the Granma Daily.

On the cover page of its issue from April 6, the national daily with the highest circulation shows that the model presented as revolutionary, the leaders of which do not do anything but insult political plurality and full enjoyment of fundamental freedoms, indisputably continues. It proves the aforementioned by transcribing some of the passages from a Fidel Castroʼs speech presented at the closing ceremony of the Provincial Party Assembly in Havana on 23 November 1996.

In his speech, Castro clearly rejected, without granting any concessions, the possibility to allow political plurality and coexistence of various parties under his leadership. Apparently the fact that the commander-in-chief left the government as long as 10 years ago is not a sufficient obstacle to impede his ideas and orders from looming over the countryʼs destiny up to now.

In addition, the Granma Daily reinforces the idea that the days of the one-party system in Cuba are by no way numbered, as some of the transcribed Castroʼs phrases reassure: “To those who are asking us to divide ourselves into thousands of pieces, we reply: NO!, To those who are asking us to have 25 parties, we reply: NO!”. Once again, the opinions of a man who governed the country for over four decades and retired solely because his own age issued a biological order to him, are nothing else than irrevocable laws that even today serve as standards and confirm the continuance of the current system.

The adjustments that are “slowly, but surely” taking place today are mere adaptations to the historical and geopolitical circumstances that concern us. There are changes but most likely they will continue to be limited to the certain areas of economy. As far as for the political area, Fidelʼs words emphasise that any democratic aspirations have no validity at all. In addition, it should be clear that Raúl Castro, the current head of the government, is not a renovator but just another defender of the aforementioned anachronistic and arbitrary views that hold us on the border of chaos.

To call for free elections by putting up posters in the Havanaʼs old city centre or at the Miramar quarter is like playing with fire today. The sole partyʼs members do not want to be overshadowed. They have become accustomed to the benefits of solitude and power arbitrariness and they take for granted defending their prerogatives at any cost. Its main mouthpiece, the Granma daily decidedly confirms this – just as always.

Autor

Olivera Castillo is a former political prisoner. He published number of books. He lives in the old part of Havana.

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