Cuban American businessmen commit to liberty in Cuba

While the media prefers to laud despicable and opportunistic Cuban American businessmen such as Carlos Saladrigas as the “new” sensible and reasonable faces of the Cuban exile community, the truth is that these “reasonable” individuals are the exception more than the rule. Unlike Carlos Saladrigas, the majority of Cuban American businessmen remain committed to liberty and freedom in Cuba and are not willing to sell out their principles or betray the Cuban people on the island in a quest to position themselves as business partners of the Cuban dictatorship.

Via El Nuevo Herald (my translation):

Businessmen make a commitment to liberty

Cuban Americans ask Washington not to make concessions to Havana until the “totalitarian apparatus” is dismantled

A group of 15 influential Cuban Americans in the business sector within and outside the United States asked Washington in writing not to make any unilateral concessions to Havana until Cuba’s “totalitarian apparatus” is dismantled, all political prisoners are released, and fundamental rights are restored on the island.

The letter, titled “Commitment to Liberty,” was signed by former executives and businessmen such as Manuel Jorge Cutillas, former president and CEO of Bacardi; Sergio Masvidal, former vice president of American Express Bank; and Emilio Alvarez-Recio, former global marketing vice president for Colgate-Palmolive. Other signers include Carlos Gutierrez, former Commerce Secretary (2005-2009) under the administration of George W. Bush.

One of the paragraphs from the letter states: “The signers of this letter, exiled Cubans who are part of American and international companies, institutions, and the business sector, denounce the Castro regime’s fraudulent campaign being carried out to obtain economic resources in order to prolong its fierce dominion over the Cuban people.”

The text of the letter criticizes the economic reforms being implemented by the island’s authorities to revitalize their cash reserves. During the sixth Communist Party Congress at the end of April 2011, Cuba projected a mixed economy due to the current market. The implementation of the reforms includes an opening to foreign capital, self-employment in different sectors, and the cutting of more than a half-million workers from the state’s employment rolls.

During that congress, Cuban leader Raul Castro admitted that the implementation of the reforms could take up to five years.