Guest Blog

A Revolution is always a whirlwind, with successes and also failures

Is there dissatisfaction? Of course.
Are there people who do not agree with the political project of the majority? Certainly.
Do these people have the right to think as they want? Also yes. But abiding by the laws that the majority of us vote for, and with respect and within a democratic framework, not with vandalism or trying to take state institutions by force.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is not protesting peacefully.
Trying to get to the Capitol (in Havana) and take it, is it peaceful? No.
Trying to get to the ICRT (Cuban Radio and Television) and take it, is it peaceful? No.
Is shaking police cars, flipping them over, and throwing rocks at them peaceful? No.
Is breaking glass, throwing rocks at shops and assaulting those inside, peaceful? No.
Is looting shops peaceful? No.
In all of the protests has there been any police abuse? No. 
Protesting and being dissatisfied is everyone's right, but getting on top of a patrol car and posing as an alpha male ready to mate is simply social and intellectual stagnation, although they try to paint it as peaceful civility

For those who ask or have doubts: I am with the Revolution. The perfectible, the one that has also erred, the one that has not been able to satisfy the needs of many, the one that has been unfair by mistake. But also the one that has been attacked with bombs and had a commercial plane blown up in flight, the one that does not ask your political creed to vaccinate you or treat you in a hospital, nor segregates our children in school for being Protestants or Catholics.

I am with the Revolution that has always risen up with the desire to build.

I am with the Revolution that has suffered an embargo for 62 years, just for defending a dream.

Oni Acosta

Cuban journalist