HAVANA (CUBA) – MESSAGE OF CONCUR
We welcome with deep respect and interest the cries and hopes that have been expressed by the people who have come out to protest in the streets this Sunday, July 11, throughout the country. As consecrated persons, we live these events from faith and we also recognize the voice of God in those claims of the people. Those who took to the streets are not criminals, they are ordinary people of our town who found a way to express their discontent.
In communion with our bishops, we also feel that “we cannot close our eyes or squint, as if nothing was happening.”
1. Let us remember and defend that it is a legitimate and universal right of any citizen to express their claims in an orderly and peaceful manner in the public space, which is not the monopoly and privilege of any particular ideological group.
2. The prompt release of all those who have been unjustly imprisoned for the mere fact of exercising the right to demonstrate, to express their claims, is necessary.
3. We claim the right to information and communication that has been violated to the extreme by cutting the mobile phone connection and blocking social networks. This increases uncertainty and confusion in a population that already feels burdened by critical economic, health and social situations.
4. We must all avoid falling into the trap of violence as a way of imposing our own truth. We are concerned that, due to a lack of dialogue and listening capacity, the government will attack, repudiate, persecute and condemn those who think differently and express it in public.
5. It is important to listen to each other to remedy the causes that led to these manifestations. Only by going to the root of the problems can we truly remedy them.
We entrust ourselves to Our Lady of Charity so that, overcoming all temptations of violence and exclusion, she guides us along the paths of fraternity, reconciliation, justice and peace.
Board of Directors of CONCUR