Rosa María Payá: the proof of change in Cuba will be when the regime allows a referendum vote
Today, on the Los desayunos program on Spanish Television (TVE), opposition leader Rosa Maria Paya said that true change in Cuba will happen if the regime finally allows a referendum vote to democratize the country as called for by the Varela Project, an initiative promoted by her father Oswaldo Paya and the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), which garnered more than 25,000 signatures.
This, according to Paya, “would be proof that the Cuban regime is changing. That the Cuban government is giving some type of signal that it is opening up.” Nevertheless, “while there is no respect for the voice of the people, while we continue to focus only on the maneuvering of the Cuban government and not on the demands of the people that have been quite clear, we will continue struggling, and in many aspects, struggling alone.”
Rosa Maria Paya has said that on the island, “there have been no changes” because “the conditions Cubans live in and the respect for human rights” are aspects that “have not changed.” The reforms of Raul Castro, she stated, “are designed to win over international public opinion,” but “the conditions Cubans live in has not changed.” Paya also said, “some sectors of society have found some relief with the reforms, but there is no respect for human rights and there is not one single reason this should be the case.”