_ "The right to free speech and free association are the guarantee for the remaining rights to be respected"
_ "We live in times of waking consciousness, a time to question and rethink everything"
_ Santiago Gonzalez has expressed his "desire that freedom were a plant taking root in Cuba"
The International course of the 2013 FAES Campus has continued this morning with the conference 'The challenge of freedom' by the blogger and advocate for freedom in Cuba Yoani Sanchez, who has been introduced by journalist Santiago Gonzalez. Sánchez asserted that "the risk of civic and individual independence is a thousand times more valuable that the dwindling subsidies or comfortable privileges of enclosure.
Sanchez has appealed to freedom of expression against the lack of freedom in dictatorships and totalitarian regimes, because, in her view, "the right to free speech and free association are the guarantee for the rest of rights to be respected." "There is no point in having laws that guarantee the right to work, education, health, equality, if you cannot protest in case of infringement, if people are not allowed to civilly organise themselves to demand respect", she stressed. The author of the blog 'Generation Y' has indicated that "dictatorships and totalitarian regimes cannot survive where these rights are fully practised".
Sánchez explained that "the most sophisticated resource that an oppressor uses to mask the effects of repression is to show the relationship with their oppressed as a sort of pact of love". Thus, she added, "freedom becomes a dirty word, quietly mentioned and yearned for in the privacy of homes. The citizens surrender their individual sovereignty and let themselves be locked up in the corral of paternalism and control. All this leads to the strengthening of the cage."
"However, there will always be one person, hundreds, thousands of them, who will realize that the risk of civic and individual independence is a thousand times more valuable that the dwindling subsidies or comfortable privileges of enclosure", she said. For the Cuban blogger, "we live in times of waking consciousness; times to question and rethink everything" and "the possibility of the complaint is an inseparable condition from an environment of citizen liberties, where the individual does not have to auction his or her freedom in exchange for subsidies and privileges".
Meanwhile, journalist Santiago Gonzalez chose to highlight the work of Yoani Sanchez, saying that she "did not need a quota policy to stand out". About Cuba, Gonzalez has described his own personal change, from being a "fan of the Cuban revolution" he "discovered that it was nothing more than a synthesis of rhetoric." Also, like Sanchez, he declared that what the Cubans need most is communication. "I would like that freedom were a plant taking root in Cuba," he concluded.
Secretaría de Estado de Cooperación Internacional y para Iberoamérica