In a Univision interview this week, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeated the assertions made in her book, "Hard Choices," about ending the Cuban embargo.
(As an aside, Hillary's position was thereafter celebrated by Castro's state media.)
During the interview, Hillary also expressed her support for expanded travel to Cuba and to visit the island herself someday.
In response, Berta Soler, leader of the Cuban pro-democracy group, The Ladies in White, stated today:
"With all due respect to Secretary Clinton and any others who may share her opinion, Cuba is not an island of pleasure. It's an island drowned in misery, hunger and necessity due to the Cuban government. It's a suffering island."
"The Ladies in White are not in favor of easing or removing the conditions of the commercial embargo that the government of the United States has towards the government of Cuba, nor the relations among governments. Why? Because the Cuban government shouldn't be given oxygen."
"With respect to the embargo, we believe it should remain. To the contrary, it should be tightened, for the embargo is not the problem of the Cuban people. The problem of the Cuban people is the system that doesn't work -- a totalitarian government, a monopoly that exists is Cuba, in which the Cuban government wants to control everything, while continuing to deny opportunities and freedom to the Cuban people."
The Ladies in White is a pro-democracy group composed of the wives, daughters, mothers, sisters and other relatives of Cuban political prisoners.
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