Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet will not sign on to ‘The People’s Path’

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-f39NhehQI68/TieQrMI8byI/AAAAAAAABjQ/F_OZLCzAinI/s400/Biscet%2Bexcarcelado.jpgCiting ideological differences too large to ignore, Cuban opposition leader Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet has declared that he will not sign on to “The People’s Path.” Biscet describes the document, which was written by dissidents in Cuba, to be too socialist and that it attempts to save communism.

Via DIARIO DE CUBA (my translation):

Biscet believes “The People’s Path” tries to save communism

The former prisoner will not sign on to the consensus reached by other dissident leaders and says he will present a document with other ideas

Opposition member Oscar Elias Biscet affirmed that he would not sign on to “The People’s Path” because it is a document that is “intensely socialist.”

The consensus is made up of one-hundred dissidents from different ideological camps to demand changes in the laws, a plebiscite, and a national dialog.

This week the document was signed by Dagoberto Valdes and Yoani Sanchez, who added their names to those of Oswaldo Paya Sardiñas, Martha Beatriz Roque, Elizardo Sanchez Santacruz, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Guillermo Fariñas, Hector Maseda Gutierrez, Laura Pollan, and others.

“This protocol (The People’s Path) is profoundly ideological. In addition, I believe it is intensely socialist,” said Biscet, the president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights.

The article, published by the website La Nueva Nación, confirms that The People’s Path presents “a reform of the regime, where the same hierarchy that has over the past fifty years destroyed the Cuban nation is counted on to participate.”

According to the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize candidate, the document “also does not propose a method of struggle to obligate the powerful leaders of the regime to negotiate and install democracy in the country.”

“It is nothing more and nothing less than the continuation of communism that, on Castro-Stalinist terms, would save communism,” he pointed out.

The People’s Path presents a “basic proposal” that includes “essential components” for a peaceful transition.

The principle leaders of the dissidence, joined by some exiles, agreed on the necessity for changes in laws to guarantee the freedom of expression, the press, association and religion, the right to leave and enter Cuba freely, and a free market.

Also the right to elect and be elected to public office through a new electoral law, the end of all discrimination against Cubans in their own country, and the liberation of all political prisoners.

“It is not an attack”

This Sunday Biscet told DIARIO DE CUBA that his position “is not a critical attack” of the document.

“We do not want to divide, but it is better that various viewpoints exist. We are brothers in the struggle, and each one will choose their own path in the future,” said the activist.

Biscet and other dissidents from the Group of 75, who he did not mention, will present a national document with their ideas shortly.

“It will be a coalition with all the ideas, all the tendencies, though from a centrist viewpoint, right of center and moderate, and we invite everyone,” he said.

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