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Widespread public aspirations for freedom in Cuba ‘inevitable’?

Ernesto Hernandez Busto from Penúltimos Días makes an interesting observation regarding Yoani Sanchez's claim in an editorial in El Pais that the economic "reforms" of the Castro dictatorship will lead to inevitable widespread aspirations for freedom in Cuba (my translation):

Yoani Sanches says in El Pais: "The principle fear of the government is centered around the possibility that the economic reforms will create a backdrop for the demand of political reforms. In other words, material and financial autonomy from the State by many will bring the inevitable desire for civic autonomy and growing pressure for the government to respect human rights."

The whole "inevitable" thing does not seem all that obvious to me. In fact, I see the opposite. Neither do I see Raulismo fearing anything: They simply promote reforms at their measure, which excludes that backdrop Yoani refers to and in exchange, guarantee that immediate worry is over prosperity and remains separated from politics.

As much as we hate to say it, that pressure to respect human rights is far from "growing."

PS: I think it is necessary to cite an official statistic as proof: the 72% of State-run enterprises that were found to be grossly inefficient during an audit in just one province: Ciego de Avila.

 

1 comment to Widespread public aspirations for freedom in Cuba ‘inevitable’?

  • asombra

    Yoani sounds very, uh, naive, I mean optimistic. But of course she's "on the ground," like Cardinal Ortega and Mariela Castro, so she must be totally reliable.