Desde Dentro de Cuba.

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Dec. 18, 1999

CRISES, MARCHES, PROTESTS, WASTED RESOURCES. By Adis Nuvia Alcolea, Cuba Free Press.

Bayamo.- Cubans, particularly the citizens of Bayamo, search for ways to avoid work so as have time to hunt some measure of relief for their hunger and other needs. These days an incident has occurred that has come in handy to meet such purposes: The case of the rafter child Elian Gonzalez.

From the outset, the lack of information, the ignorance, the state sponsored campaign of disinformation and the lack of resources to corroborate what government agents have broadcast on their radio and TV stations made Cubans think that everyone held the same views on this topic. But upon seeing the propaganda and the politics involved, many later concluded that this incident is nothing but a walking stick on which this government is leaning to avoid falling. The people know that some $20,000,000 have been spent on the current propaganda campaign.

With the shortages of wood and paper, it is incalculable the number of tons and cubic meters of those raw materials that went into the Elian campaign rather than help Cubans facing an ongoing economic crisis, especially the nation's poorest sectors. Thousands of hungry people are meeting each day on the plazas to defend some unknown principles. How many ask themselves why they defend those who are subjecting them to so much misery?

Adis Nuvia Alcolea, Cuba Free Press.


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