BabaluBlog has posted an interesting account, which it translated into English, entitled Castro Regime’s Elitist Artists Are Regulars at U.S. Interests Section in Havana. The article translates and directly quotes an article by Dr. Darsi Ferrer, titled, Carlos Varela and Pedrito Calvo at U.S. Interests Section.
The gist of the article is that the author strongly criticizes Cubans “Artists” who are in good graces with the Cuban government for seeking to travel to and from the U.S. in order to spread their music or other art, whereas they do not push for the rights of Cuban-Americans to bring their music and other art into Cuba.
The author points out that Varela has been an active pro-peace, “Anti-Imperialist” revolutionary. Anti-Imperialist, of course, is intended to mean anti-American government. The author states that when the author entered the U.S. Interests Section recently, Varela’s face was the first he saw, and that Varela was there to arrange travel to the “brutal and tumultuous North.” The author bitterly claims that Varela “…resolved his visa in just minutes and from there back to his luxurious Toyota and to the mansion where he lives.”
The author asks, “Why is it that these "revolutionaries" are never brave enough to travel to North Korea, Vietnam, or Iran?”
Then he slams on Pedrito Calvo of Los Van Van musical group fame, who he also finds with others in the waiting room of the U.S. Interests Section. He says they are all “members of that courageous army that risks life and limb to travel to the beast so that within its belly they can perform acts of revolutionary reaffirmation and confront that savage ‘Empire.’"
He says, “What is most interesting about this is that none of these individuals campaigns for the right of their Cuban American colleagues and compatriots to travel to Cuba and offer their art to their fellow Cubans. They only kick and scream when their personal trips are in jeopardy. The attitude of these artists, athletes, academics, and intellectuals, as well of those who dress up in sheep's clothing, seems a bit cynical. I don't know, but as far as I'm concerned, I can see their fangs.”
I suppose I can understand his point, to a point. And I understand that one would be bitter about wealthy, Cubans in a country full of poor people. But the author seems a bit overly angry. I’m not really sure that these artists have the capacity to arrange for Cuban Americans to be able to enter Cuba. Are they supposed to threaten the U.S. Interest Section that they won’t travel unless Cuban Americans are allowed to travel to Cuba? I’m not sure I get it.