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Keep the pressure on the Castro regime

Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá is calling on the European Union to support the Varela Project and to maintain the pressure on the Cuban dictatorship through its Common Position.

Cuban dissident calls on EU to support Varela Project

Havana, Cuba, Sep 22, 2010 / 06:01 pm (CNA).- The coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, has called on the European Union to support the Varela Project amidst the Cuban government's indifference to the changes that the country's citizens are requesting.

The Varela Project calls for democratic changes in country’s laws through a referendum.

“Changes mean rights and these rights are missing in Cuba, where many are persecuted for promoting the rights of Cubans and are imprisoned for this cause,” Paya said in a letter to one of Spain’s European Parliament representatives, Carlos Iturgaiz.

Paya noted that the “Common European Position” states that “the objective of the European Union in its relations with Cuba is to support a process of transition towards pluralistic democracy and respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms, as well as the recovery of and sustainable improvements in the quality of life of the Cuban people.”

However, he warned that the Cuban government is not initiating the changes that the people want, and thus he called on the EU to be consistent in its “common position” by supporting the Varela Project and other civic initiatives. “These are the initiatives that you should support, in order to be consistent in that common position and thus consistent in a common action,” he said.

Contrary to what the "Cuba Experts" would like us all to believe, the majority of the leaders of the opposition in Cuba do not believe that removing sanctions against the repressive Castro regime will help their cause. Instead, these dissidents realize that due to the brutal repression that takes place on the island, the only real pressure that can be placed on the dictatorship is from the outside.

2 comments to Keep the pressure on the Castro regime

  • Rayarena

    “Changes mean rights and these rights are missing in Cuba, where many are persecuted for promoting the rights of Cubans and are imprisoned for this cause,”

    The problem with the EU's position on conditioning relations with Cuba to changes on the island is when an unethical and unprincipaled politician like Zapatero or Moratinos comes into the picture and any lame gesture that castro gives--however useless, ineffectual, and absurd it be [i.e. giving out licenses for toaster fixer's, or allowing people to buy computers they can't afford] is instantly hailed as an incredible change akin to Perestroika.