FW: FI Statement on Cuba

Richard Fidler rfidler at cyberus.ca
Wed May 14 11:54:29 MDT 2003


An outrageous statement by the "Fourth International".

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FI-press-l      Fourth International Press List
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The fact that the Communist Party of Cuba has felt the need to write to
"fraternal parties and organizations"* shows the scope of the problem
that Cuban leaders are facing as reactions come in to the execution of
three Cuban citizens and the heavy prison sentences imposed on other
citizens who were expressing their desire to exercise their right of
criticism.

For our part, the Fourth International recalls that we have taken the
side of the Cuban revolution ever since 1959; and that we have defended
crucial decisions made by the Cuban leaders from criticisms and attacks,
not only from the ruling classes and their governments but also from
most Communist and social-democratic parties and from leaders of the
so-called "really existing socialist countries". We have highlighted the
original aspects of the Cuban revolution as well as the aid that it has
given in an internationalist spirit to revolutionary movements. But when
we have considered it necessary to make criticisms - particularly of the
Cuban government's attitude towards the leaderships in the Soviet Union
and other non-capitalist countries or towards the Mexican PRI
government, or of the bureaucratization of the Cuban regime - we have
done so openly. Today, the methods adopted during the recent tragic
events are unacceptable from a revolutionary democratic point of view
and unacceptable for the defense of the revolution and its social and
cultural conquests. Our response is unambiguous. The Cuban government
adopted by the way an entirely different attitude on other occasions,
particularly during the attempts at massive, illegal emigration in 1980
and 1994.

It is true, as the Cuban CP's letter indicates, that "the Bush
Administration's hostility towards Cuba has exceeded that of all
previous administrations"*. The ruling classes, the US ruling classes
first and foremost, have always used barbarous methods; but fighting
against these policies cannot justify the use of undemocratic methods,
including the unacceptable death penalty, by a government that claims to
be socialist. Precisely because certain methods are characteristic of
the exploiting classes, revolutionaries must not resort to them.

Undeniably, Cuba is in an even more difficult situation than in the
past. Bush and his gang have demonstrated that they are prepared to use
any means at all to impose their hegemony still more on the whole world.
Cuba's best defense is to ensure the active, more and more democratic
participation of the broadest layers of the population in the arduous
tasks of defending the revolution, with full rights of self-expression
and criticism. The best defense consists at the same time in the
broadest solidarity from friendly parties and organizations and the
peoples of other countries. But recourse by the Cuban leadership to
extreme repressive methods makes this kind of solidarity much more
difficult.

Once again, while criticizing unambiguously the recent measures taken by
the Cuban leadership, we reaffirm our solidarity with the Cuban people
against the US-imposed embargo.

Executive Bureau of the Fourth International
14th May 2003




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