he Cuban revolution has emerged strengthened once again from another fierce onslaught by the United States (EU), which sought to provoke a social outbreak and the forceful overthrow of the revolutionary project. The media scoundrel has spoken of peaceful protests but many videos show scenes of violence and looting against public and private property. The counterrevolutionary shakeup has caused many honest people in the world to realize the magnitude of the multimillion-dollar destabilizing anti-Cuban plans conceived for years by the United States.
Meanwhile, Cuba is abuzz with renovating initiatives, with social programs, such as works in homes, parks, schools, streets and polyclinics that have been carried out on a priority basis for a month in 62 lagging neighborhoods of Havana. With an active participation of the neighbors from its very conception, because it works with the idea of strengthening the municipality as established by the new Constitution of the republic. Administrative decentralization and increasing popular participation in decisions. You have to consult the population about these things, ask them what is prioritized, if the road, if the sidewalks, if the social circle, if the house of culture; that is our democracy, said President Miguel Díaz-Canel. One would think of him as having the gift of ubiquity because in a situation as complex as the one described, there is no major problem that does not receive his personal attention. Be it the neighborhoods or the supply of medicinal oxygen, or the monitoring of the production of vaccines or food. Say, for example, that for 18 months he has presided over the meeting of the transitory group to confront Covid-19 on a daily basis, in which in virtual format, they render accounts and give instructions to the authorities of all the provinces.
Due to the generalization of the delta variant, there was an extraordinary increase in the number of cases and deaths from Covid as of June and feats have been made, what was possible and what seemed impossible, to alleviate and solve the shortage of medical oxygen , when a major breakdown occurred in the main production plant. The participation of university students and many non-university youth is outstanding both in community work and in what is called the Covid red line, in which they carry out important support tasks in patient isolation centers and hospitals. In Matanzas, where the contagion curve was flattened, their contest has been heroic. Yesterday I heard Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, one of the five Cuban heroes and national coordinator of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, testify of the desire to participate that is appreciated in young people. It is the Moncada of this generation. Despite the harsh delta attack and the lies of the hegemonic media about an alleged inability of its health system to face the contingency, Cuba has registered a lethality of 0.80 percent since the beginning of the pandemic and until last week, well below 2.08 worldwide and 2.51 in the Americas. Yes there have been negligence and failures, but it has not been the predominant, not even at such a critical moment.
The street disorders of July 11, despite having been stimulated for months and unleashed by the fierce destabilizing plans of Washington, also evidenced problems not addressed in time or not resolved, among them negligence in the government apparatus. On the same afternoon of the 11th, when he explained the brutal media campaign and the ongoing counterrevolutionary action, Díaz-Canel described as legitimate some of the demands of the non-conformists with whom he had spoken that morning in San Antonio de los Baños. After that we have seen him tour the vulnerable neighborhoods of Havana one by one, including La Güinera, the epicenter of protests in the capital, where – it must be said with honesty – his presence was acclaimed. The president constantly traveled around the country talking to people until the Covid came to prevent revolutionary cadres and leaders from having a direct relationship with the people for months, irreplaceable due to their emotional burden. It had never happened before. And it happened when it was most necessary, when the fangs added by Trump to the blockade, the absence of income from tourism and the economic crisis aggravated by the pandemic, sank deeper into the flesh of Cubans and Cubans.
The Cuban revolution has been able to sustain its project of independence and social justice in the face of the aggressiveness of its neighbor to the north, among other reasons, due to its roots in the best national and popular tradition, its combativeness, creativity and its capacity for reinvention. Imperialism has never been able, nor will it be able, to take the initiative from the Cuban revolutionaries.