The Cuban president resorted to Martí’s well-known phrase about “those who love and build” and “those who hate and destroy,” to distinguish the reactions to the energy “situation” the island is currently experiencing and that has caused strong tensions in transportation, in the productive activity and services―having to make schedule and labor regimen readjustments―but has not resulted in major blackouts, the most feared of the ghosts from the Special Period of the 1990s.
When initiating an article signed and published this Friday in Granma, Díaz-Canel quotes the Cuban national hero, ratifying the idea of the sides and the difference between good and bad. He celebrates the resilience and solidarity of the “perceptible and powerful majority” of the people against the “indisputable bad times that the new twist of the arrogant and abusive empire imposes on us.”
At the same time, he insists on his call to “think as a country, with the conviction that the source of collective intelligence is inexhaustible.”
Both in this text as in recent meetings with officials from several provinces of the country, the Cuban president has insisted on “rescuing experiences from the most difficult years, to revive saving and efficiency practices of the special period.”
Díaz-Canel defended in his article the use of the term “temporary” to describe the current energy situation in the country.
“In the uncertain conditions in which the international fuel market operates and under the sickly financial persecution of the blockade Cuba is suffering, the term temporary could suggest excessive optimism, but not setting limits to that situation would have been unnecessarily pessimistic and irresponsible,” he wrote.
“We are not afraid of words, as we are not afraid of the challenge,” he insisted.
“The situation has been surmounted until now without having to resort to blackouts. The side of those who love and build has made it possible.”
Díaz-Canel criticized the “opposite side,” those, he said, who “full of rage at the popular response clamor for the ships to not arrive, for the lights to go out, for intensifying the siege, for the independent and dignified Cuba to surrender or die. They rejoice with each new measure aimed at strengthening the blockade. They dream of the invasion of Cuba.”
He compared with Cain those who “write, speak and even shriek on the social media, for some coins of the millionaire booty destined for subversion against Cuba.”