Quote of the Week: Commerce With Cuba Does Not Benefit the People

Monday, February 9, 2015
Without freedom to negotiate, the so-called "self-employed" ("cuentapropistas"), which are a small minority, are blackmailed and manipulated by the regime. They have to respond to the regime's interests in order to keep their small business. They cannot have their own labor unions. They cannot defend their rights. That's why I insist that no type of commerce with Cuba benefits the Cuban people. Whatever enters Cuba ends up in the coffers and accounts of the regime.
-- Sara Marta Fonseca, Cuban democracy leader, in testimony to the U.S. House of Representative's Foreign Affairs Committee, 2/5/15