HAVANA – Cuban dissidents in the opposition MUAD coalition said Thursday that “favorable” circumstances exist for achieving greater social support for their project to increase citizen participation, whereby they are seeking to achieve democratic changes on the communist island.
Activist Jose Daniel Ferrer, the head of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, one of the 42 organizations comprising MUAD, said that the coalition is working for dialogue, non-violent legal and civil reform, with an eye toward democratic governability, something that “will only be achieved with the support of the citizens.”
“The majority of Cubans are tired of the regime and if they had hopes at the recent 7th (Communist) Party Congress, they saw that nothing happened,” said Ferrer at a press conference with foreign media in Havana.
Ferrer said that the growing “discontent” and “desperation” of the Cuban people, added to the dire situation of certain leftist governments in Latin America, makes one think that a “very favorable” situation is arising within which greater social and citizen support for MUAD’s proposals may be achieved.
He noted the crises being experienced by governments allied to Cuba – namely in Brazil and Venezuela – and said that the new U.S. position toward the island, which is shared by Europe, will help Havana move toward greater democratization.
As opposition figures explained, the coalition proposes to work for the inclusion of the public in a project of “freedom, prosperity and dignity” via proposals for legal and constitutional reform with popular backing and the presentation of candidates for government posts in the next elections.
The Cuban government, however, considers dissidents to be “counterrevolutionaries” and “mercenaries” serving foreign interests.