Message from Cuban Dissidents

Via the Miami Herald:

Cuban dissidents seek support for peaceful rally

Cuba today is dominated by a communist regime similar to those that once spread through Eastern Europe. For more than 46 years, power has been exercised by the same man; only one party exists; dissent over official policies is forbidden.

Amnesty International has declared Cuba the country with the largest number of prisoners of conscience in the world. When it comes to economics, the people are mired in poverty; the average monthly wage is less than $10. In sum, all human rights are violated.

Surrounded by this situation, several hundred small independent (not legalized) organizations have decided to join together, form the Assembly for the Advancement of Civil Society and gather peacefully in Havana on May 20 to debate ways to democratize Cuba.

It is easy to understand that, in these circumstances and facing the power of the totalitarian state, our project needs the support and encouragement of the greatest possible number of men and women of good will in the world.

To that end, we respectfully invite you to write and give us your valuable opinions and, if you wish, express your support for our peaceful efforts.

We hope to answer each and every one of you, with much appreciation and recognition.

You may write to us at the following electronic address: mbroque1712@yahoo.es

RENE GOMEZ MANZANO

MARTHA BEATRIZ ROQUE CABELLO,

former political prisoners, Havana, Cuba

5 thoughts on “Message from Cuban Dissidents”

  1. I HOPE THEY GET TOGETHER W/O PROBLEMS. AND THE OWNER OF THE BIG PLANTATION DOES NOT HAVE A SEIZURE. FOR 46 YEARS THIS CLOWN, DRESS IN THAT RIDICULOUS GREEN UNIFORM, HAS BEEN THE ONLY PROTAGONIST.

  2. It is sad to say, but there is a huge chance that this peaceful gathering well get interupted by a group of green uniforms. I commend this gathering. Best wishes for an outcome that will make this movement stronger.

  3. val-

    i say we organize something in miami for those that cannot travel to cuba for this event. that way we can show our solidarity with the dissidents in cuba for this event. maybe organize something for different cities in the US.

    just thinking out loud!

    tony

  4. If I were going, I would definitely take a football helmet, some good padding and a big bottle of ibuprofen. Godspeed.

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