Cuban dissident: Change in Cuba is inevitable
Cuban pastor and dissident Rev. Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso believes that change in Cuba is inevitable. The question is who will the benefit from that change.
Dissident Cuban pastor says change is inevitable
Cuban pastor and dissident blogger Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, making his first visit to the United States, said Monday that the communist elites that led the economy to ruin cannot be allowed now to project themselves as its capitalist saviors.
“The transition is inevitable. The question is, who will do it and who will benefit from it,” the outspoken Baptist pastor said during a visit to El Nuevo Herald with his wife, Yoaxis Marcheco Suarez, also a blogger.
“The same communist elite that caused all the trouble, that threw away all the resources, now wants to be the capitalist elite, while the people continue under the same suffering,” Lleonart said. “They are the same people and the same (communist) party.”
Pro-democracy and civil society groups on the island of 11 million people are stepping up their activism to “fill the spaces being abandoned by the government” and have forced the government to reluctantly undertake some reforms it did not favor, he added.
The 38-year-old pastor of a Baptist church with about 100 members in Taguayabon, a town of 4,000 in Villa Clara province, has become known in recent years for his sharp-edged criticisms of the Raúl Castro government in his blog and tweets.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a British organization that works for religious freedom, financed his trip to Washington earlier this month to meet with the Congressional Caucus on Religious Freedom and aides to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl,., and Barbara Boxer, D-Ca.
The British group reported this spring that violations of religious freedoms in Cuba in the previous 15 months had spiked harshly, especially as the government jailed hundreds of democracy activists to keep them away from visiting Pope Benedict XVI’s masses.
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