Statement from the Network in Defense of Humanity, Issued at the 27th edition of Havana’s International Book Fair

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February 14, 2018

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By Cuba-Network in Defense of Humanity

Invited by the Cuban Chapter of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists, and Social Movements, otherwise known as the “Network in Defense of Humanity,” we writers, scientists, journalists and editors associated with the Network and present at the Event, state our conviction of the need to propose actions for responding to the neofascist reactionary offensive gathering force on our continent and in other parts of the world.

The following aspects call for particular emphasis:

  • The importance of an increased effort by the Network in the current conjuncture, principally to breach the media wall held by powerful groups serving the interests of the Empire and national oligarchies. That wall serves daily to confuse, mislead and misinform public opinion as well as demobilize those who support just causes.

A large part of this disinformation is directed at disparaging progressive leaders and causes, through the wanton fabrication and circulation of lies and inaccurate information. This occurs with complete impunity and is meant to grant legitimacy to the fraudulent and deceitful tactics used to dismantle progressive causes.

  • It is essential that this historical period be characterized with the utmost rigor, and that the maneuvers of these reactionary forces, which classify as criminal acts, violating the most elementary legal principles, be denounced. While progressive forces respect the rules of the game, their enemies are acting with complete impunity, with no respect whatsoever for ethical norms.

The Network’s solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, currently under ruthless attack, must remain a continued priority. Just as with the Spanish Republic in its time, the Revolution encouraged by Chávez and continuing under the leadership of Nicolás Maduro is now on the front lines of battle against the imperialist and fascist threat.

  • The Network must circulate texts and audio-visual materials that unmask the falsified information coming from the mass media, and it must do so quickly and effectively, using powerful reasoning and understandable arguments that communicate the truth to all social sectors, especially for the young people. Such offensive displays as Trump’s comments in his recent State of the Union speech and Tillerson’s statements in his tour of Latin America must be countered rapidly and convincingly. Our influential abilities are largely contained in the Network’s capacity to distribute messages in a coordinated way, multiplying and uniting voices that defend the truth.
  • We must continue working to articulate the work of numerous centers of cultural resistance that exist in the world and to attract activists of the next generations.

The Network of Intellectuals, Artists, and Social Movements “In Defense of Humanity,” founded in 2003 and supported from the outset by Fidel and Chávez, is needed more now than ever before. Every day it must become even more a mechanism to articulate, clarify and mobilize.

Participants present at this meeting included, among others:

Included in those attending the event were: from Venezuela, Luis Britto García, Judith Valencia, Vladimir Acosta, Alberto Rodríguez Carucci, María Teresa Novo, Rafael Salazar, María Antonieta Catania and Ernesto Chávez; from México, Héctor Díaz Polanco; from Colombia, Hernando Calvo Ospina; from Argentina, Víctor Hugo Morales, Graciela Ramírez, Martín Grifo Adorno y Héctor Celano; from Spain España, Pascual Serrano y Joaquín Recio Martínez; from Italy, Luciano Vasapollo and Rita Martufi; from Canadá, Arnold August; from Chile, Jaime Quezada; from Ecuador, Raúl Pérez Torres and Antonio Correa Losada; from Cuba, Abel Prieto Jiménez, Omar González, Luis Suárez, Ernesto Limia, Lillian Álvarez and Enrique Ubieta.

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