There is a lot of talk in this country, talk that says culture is a right belonging to everyone, that being cultured is the only way to be free, and that we’re one of the most highly educated countries, etc. etc.

It is true that we have many and great artists, especially in the plastic arts and in ballet.  The Cuban film industry had much more splendor once upon a time, and it still preserves some of that shine.  There are workshops and schools for painting, even though the latter are difficult to get into but there they are, constantly preparing young people specializing in all those arts.  But what is the point of all this if people are discriminated against for thinking or expressing themselves differently, and access to theatres, festivals, conferences, museums, and even these schools, is prohibited to many.

Only two days ago, a group of young people who purchased tickets for the Chaplin theater to see the work of “Young Filmmakers”, instead got to see their rights trampled when they were refused admittance to the theater.  The more they claimed and defended their individual rights, the more they were hastily pushed aside and offended with harsh epithets and adjectives, tarnishing, once more (for it seems that it has become a custom), the good name that was attached to Cuban culture, precisely by those whom should most strongly defend it.

I hope that the cultural authorities of this country take note of such undesirable incidents which are repeated more and more often, and that all these absurd practices (which are nothing more than cultural mutilations) come to an end once and for all.  Watch it! When these apartheid practices get out of hand, a crime can be committed that is intentionally penalized by the courts.

Translated by Raul G.

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