Cuban Dissident Leader to NYT: It's Not Time to Lift Sanctions

Sunday, December 7, 2014
A change in 'medicine' at this late stage can be dangerous because enabling Raul Castro to further indebt the nation and facilitating him credits to modernize the repressive apparatus will not translate into benefits for the Cuban people. The intelligent thing would be to keep these measures, if there are no real changes, so when we arrive at the moment of a succession -- though our intent is to democratize Cuba before -- the successor will know that there are things that will need to be negotiated prior to normal relations with the free world.
-- Jose Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU), Cuba's largest opposition group, on what he told The New York Times' Ernesto LondoƱo this week, El Nuevo Herald, 12/7/14