Agencia EFE May 15, 2013 19:00
Dissident calls for reform in Cuba
Miami, May 15 (EFE).- Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua, the leader of
the Arco Progresista group, called in Miami on Wednesday for a “new
national project” that undertakes the structural reforms needed on the
communist-run island and integrates all political positions and ideas.
For real change to occur in Cuba, Cuesta Morua said, significant reforms
must be implemented that bring change to the economic and political
model in the area of “democratization and the relationship with power.”
At a press conference organized by the University of Miami’s Institute
for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, or ICAAS, the Cuban opposition
figure appealed to “respect for political and cultural diversity” to
build a new national structure.
In that regard, he discussed a “new legitimacy of the political process”
that must base itself on the free will of the citizens and not on that
of an “elite.”
Cuesta Morua, who is on his first trip abroad thanks to the reform of
the island’s immigration laws that entered into force last January, also
warned about the racial problem that afflicts Cuban society.
The Cuban dissident, who is black, said that the phenomenon of racism is
serious with non-white Cubans living in the poorest neighborhoods and
not receiving remittances from abroad because the majority do not have
relatives who live outside the island.
In that sense, non-white Cubans have little access to a university
education or jobs in the tourism and services sector, he said.
The head of Arco Progresista, which is of social democratic persuasion,
appealed to reason over passion for achieving a change in Cuba and
insisted on the idea of a nation where “a single ideological design”
does not dominate.