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Out of the Game

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Out of the Game / Lilianne Ruiz

Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated

This Monday, my daughter and I went to her at 9:15 in the

morning. The neckerchief ceremony had already ended.

The teacher did not ask me why we were late this Monday, but she didn't

want to know why my daughter had not come on Friday. I waited until the

children had moved away: "This Thursday the political kidnapped

my friends and my boyfriend to block them from going to the court where

the trial against Angel Carromero was being held, the only witness to

the death of Oswaldo Payá. That day the political police knocked out

Yoani Sanchez's tooth with a blow.

In all countries, especially in Latin America, in which any type of

dictatorship has been suffered, it has been also possible to prove that

one of the worst social effects, for being the most generalized, is the

moral degradation into which people fall. For this reason, when a person

becomes aware of herself and decides to practice a life in truth she

automatically becomes a , especially in those countries

governed by a state dictatorship that also has a discourse about justice

– "all justice" as the Chancellor says – and about peace and friendship.

The hypnotic power of great ideas.

When I ask myself if perhaps the women of the political police who beat

Yoani are, in fact, human beings, the one who falls into a dangerous

form of discrimination about what is human and what is not is me.

On returning from school I ran into the wife of good old Orestis in

charge of surveillance for the Committee for the Defense of the

Revolution (), who asked me why I hadn't taken my daughter to the

ceremony. She knows the answer, but this time I opened my mouth to say:

"She will put on the neckerchief so as not to create an adaptive

conflict among her little friends, but she did not go and she will not

go to any political activity because, among other reasons, behind all of

this, of this adoration for the 'work' of the leader and all those

symbols that don't mean 'the fatherland,' are the guys who ordered the

repression against my boyfriend and my friends.

This lady is one of those cases of addiction to the regime and even CDR

activism and and she hopes to get a visa to to the United States

based on being claimed as family by her stepdaughter. When Anita

expressed her complicity with the politics of the government you can't

help but make note of her being in waiting for a visa to live in the

United States and depending on family remittances to defend the

dictatorship, only that, the one who is paying, stupid thing, is the

stepdaughter in exile in the country repudiated by the politics of an

extremely unjust, abusive, kidnapping government that she still defends.

It's a mouthful; much worse, because in this violent paradox many have

lost their lives.

She started screaming, really screaming, that "you can't hold me to

those words." And then her daughter came out, who is the mastodon to bet

on in a contest for people who are ugly within, and instigated by her

mother, she began to hit me until I fell to the ground. I regret not

having responded to the blows because I am not afraid. I was reminded of

all the times that I avoided coming to blows in school simply because I

don't know how to fight by punching.

I told them I would call the police for their assault and so I did. The

cops on patrol heard my whole story and I even presented myself as an

opponent, doubting that the opponents that I admire would concede my

taking such a title, that to me honors me. They then changed their tone,

they spoke to me more sharply but they did not refuse my right to go to

the station to make a complaint for assault. I told them to give me a

few minutes to take my daughter to the home of the only neighbor who is

my friend.

When I came down the stairs and out the door of the building, I saw

Isabel, the MINIT Lieutenant Colonel, who has made a type of campaign

among some of the neighbors not to speak to me, talking with one of the

police and I clearly heard her tell him, "Let her make the complaint, we

will go and be waiting for her there."

I thought about saying something but continued walking with the cop and

when we got to the car he told me, "Come tomorrow and make the

complaint, but I'm not going to take you." I said, "I am not afraid. If

it's about what she said I have to make a complaint because I don't

respond to their beatings because of cowardice but because it's not my

language and the police are there to stop mobs of people like her who

physically assault others. That is a crime anywhere."

We both argued for some minutes. I telling him that I was not afraid of

"Security" if they really were waiting for me, and he said that if I

wanted to I could go, but I had to do it on my own two feet. The police

station is quite far from my house. The other patrolman came and told

him, "Take her to make the complaint." And that policeman still

intrigues me, as if he was wanted to avoid my being ambushed, he never

stopped saying, "You're not going in this car."

October 9 2012

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