The artists are a fundamental component of the claims that are taking place in Havana that lead many to hope for the end of the communist regime that has controlled the island for decades.
Artists are a fundamental component of the protests that are taking place in Cuba at this time that make many hope for the end of the dictatorial communist regime that has controlled the island for decades.
The American city of Miami is a fundamental part of this history. The host place par excellence of the Cuban exile is today also the scene of demonstrations in support of those who have lost their fear and are asking for freedom in the streets of Cuba. From here, the artists also raise their voices.
They are mixed feelings of joy because my Cuba lost its fear and told the dictatorship, 'We don't love you already!'
But we are also terrified for them since these people have thrown their henchmen into the streets. And they are attacking their very people, can you believe that? Nevertheless, I think this will be the beginning of the end of the dictatorship", he assured Infobae Delgado.
Like him, Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola, an art historian fired from the University of Havana for her fight for human and environmental rights, and a member of the San Isidro movement - along with whom she quartered for ten days last November in what some they consider the first incident that began to breed the mass protests-, he also believes that the end of the dictatorship is near.
"This was going to happen at any moment. However, the popular expression has been climbing. Intellectuals, artists, activists have been gaining popular sympathy. Added to this are economic precariousness and lack of control with the pandemic. The situation is out of control, from civil liberties to economic to public health. And people have been charging. Everything is different. In 94 - during the 'Special Period' - I saw the protests, and the ideologically based demands were not there. Today, the first demand is for freedom, not for food," said Ruiz Urquiola.
This academic lives in Havana but is in Miami because she is an oncology patient and discovered that her treatment in Cuba was being degraded. From his perspective, today, everything is different not only because Díaz Canel does not have political control of the island, but because the change in communications has given ordinary Cuban's confidence.
"We depend on the internet and Facebook in particular. Before, they protested, but now people are filled with courage because they know their message is leaving Cuba through social networks. In addition, the message is transmitted throughout the country. In 2018, when I first came to the United States, I met with the State Department and asked them to help us with the internet. Until now, they have ignored me. The United States has the possibility and the moral obligation to help us with the internet on the island; that is the tool we need", added the academic.
As for the US intervention, not everyone has the same idea. For Danilo Maldonado, the famous visual artist known as Sexto, an opponent of the Cuban regime and a former political prisoner who does not belong to the San Isidro movement, it is time for the United States to do more than provide the internet.
"I perfectly imagine a US military intervention in Cuba. The country has a tradition of dismantling great torpor of organizations. He has done it with posters; he has done it with ISIS; he has done it with people who have believed themselves invincible. The United States knows how to dismantle that. If the United States reaches out and destroys the leadership, everything falls apart there. There you do not have to lose the life of anyone that should not be lost. If the United States does not intervene, Cuba is bound to achieve it because it is natural. Still, it will cost lives and is not fair," Maldonado assured Infobae.
And it's not just the artists who are asking for intervention from the United States. From the city of Miami, Mayor Francis Suarez today called for actions by the Joe Biden government.
"Right now, I am requesting the White House. Whether with medical, humanitarian, internet, or military aid, we must do something because this affects the United States. The Cuban regime is a narco regime, and that affects us in this country," Suarez said to a group of residents who shouted Libertad.
From Miami, Cubans are mobilizing. The request to the US authorities is increasing to give help to those who today have decided to say 'enough' on the island.