Cuban Dissidents Reject Council of the Americas' Proposals

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Reaction from some of Cuba's most prominent dissidents regarding the Council of the Americas' proposal for President Obama to bypass Congress in easing travel and financial sanctions towards Cuba.

These opinions were compiled by Diario de Cuba (our translation):

It's not a very viable proposal for dealing directly with self-employment in Cuba. It shows ignorance about how it works here [...] Also, I don't see that this letter stands for a clear defense of human rights and freedoms, which makes it suspicious.
-- Manuel Cuesta Morua, Afro-Cuban dissident leader and President of the Partido Arco Progresista

Fundamental rights have never derived from complacency with the oppressors. Those who are currently afraid that time is not on their side should be hearing straight talk, with the respect for freedoms and the rights of citizens as the priority [...] Oxygen for the tyrants implies increased suffering for Cubans.  If you give dictators a blank check, we can predict an unflattering ending, for the costs of becoming a democratic nation will become much higher.
-- Antonio Rodiles, young Cuban democracy leader and Director of the think-tank, Estado de SATS

From where we stand today, [the proposal] would be unethical, politically unhelpful, for the regime is condemned to disappear.  It's not right for people or institutions, in search of economic benefits, to seek engagement at this time. Moreover, due to reality and the rule of the Castros, it would be impossible for 'self-employed' workers or other independent organizations to receive those credits or support. 
-- José Daniel Ferrer, Executive Secretary of the Unión Patriótica de Cuba, the largest opposition group on the island