Announcements made by United States President Barack Obama and his administration have sparked an intense controversy about the Cuban conflict. Many opponents and civil society activists, within the island and in exile, have lamented, especially, the lack of transparency and the unilateral and unconditional nature of the new measures.
It is indisputable and indispensable that Cubans be primarily responsible for the fate of our nation, but we also expect an effective commitment from the democratic community to the defense of fundamental freedoms and the establishment of the Rule of Law in Cuba.
We who experience daily the violations of the Cuban regime and those who from exile have suffered and are suffering the totalitarianism in their home country, are key players in a process of transition. To ignore many of our voices and to act from a single view of the problem, undermines objectivity and endangers any political dialogue.
We are faced with two options. First, to accept the mutation of the regime to an authoritarian capitalism, wherein Cubans will have to resign themselves to pittances, while the heirs of the Castro regime dispose of our rights and wealth. Second, to demand concrete and measurable changes that will lead to the formation of a true democracy.
The demand to restore our freedoms is a prerequisite for a successful political transition. Over these long 56 years of the dictatorship of a single party, there have been multiple demands from activists and the opposition who have called for the full exercise of those freedoms inherent to human beings, and they have paid a high price for these demands. Continue reading