Cuban Writers Club and an Involuntary Mistake

The Cuban Writers Club publishes an explanatory note apologizing for the mistake of including “… the name of Raul Antonio Capote, an improbable democrat, and confessed agent of the political police who is also a civic thinker. This triggered Cuban alarms, including ours, and we urgently reviewed the error and its causes, clearly unintentional, a blunder that we hope that time, and a good heart (…) will dispel.”

FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER

Cuban Writers Club
Explanatory Note

In the Open Letter of Monday, February 11, where members of the Writers Club of Cuba expressed and claimed intellectual solidarity with the Cuban writer Angel Santiesteban, something happened that we can only describe as a mess.

It appears in the name of Raul Antonio Capote, an improbable democrat, and confessed agent of the political police who is also a civic thinker. This triggered Cuban alarms, including ours, and we urgently reviewed the error and its causes, clearly unintentional, a blunder that we hope that time, and a good heart, as one prominent member of the Cuban says, will dispel.

Obviously the urgency of our solidarity conspired against our rigor. On collating the list of the Club members with the consensus for this Open Letter the original file in the Club archive got mixed it and we put him where we should have put Diego. We take responsibility for this mistake, apologize and assure you of our good faith.

The Open Letter, that reaffirms in its intentions, words, intensity, continues to generate support and affection, and is supported by most of the names that appear on the public list. A clean list with new additions that will appear publicly in our blog: www.puentedeletrascuba.org and that we will send to the media. We already have the prestigious signatures of Venezuelans Edilio Pena and Elisabeth Burgos.

So we reiterate our support for Santiesteban Prats, we apologize again and we fulfill our commitment to the arts, along with our civic duty.

Cuban Writers Club

February 14 2013

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