I have a lot to tell about the events of these last days. I know that you are waiting for the details about what happened at the concert on Thursday, the poster, the beatings, the arrests, the incredible police operation and all the stand-by activities in front of the Playa Municipal Tribunal that ended with the liberation of Gorki. The trial alone – at which I was present to check the inconsistencies in all the accusations made against the rocker – would give enough material for several posts. Unfortunately, because of Gustav the weather situation in Havana doesn’t allow me to leave the house to connect to the internet in a public place. On my balcony, fourteen floors up, we already have strong winds, and have started to close the windows and protect the plants. Today I am called on to face another cyclone.
What I do not want to fail to say is that never before, as in these last days, have I seen international public opinion, the media, and part of Cuban civil society come together and unite. Yesterday we demonstrated that the wall can be pushed if we do it together. We have forced them to retract, to undo the injustice, and this is a very good precedent for us and extremely dangerous for “them.” The internet proved that it can act, in the Cuban case, as a virtual environment for joint efforts. I hope that these centimeters we gained by pushing the boundaries will be followed by meters and meters of reclaimed freedoms.
*I have dictated this post by telephone to some friends who will post it. With the collaboration of some of them I was able to report yesterday from outside the court. I want to especially thank Ernesto Hernández Busto through whom much of this information saw the light of day in the pages of “Penúltimos días.”