MADRID – The rapprochement between the United States and Cuba will benefit the Cuban people little since “it is, instead,” a deal between governments whose fruits will not reach the population, Cuban dissident Oscar Elias Biscet said Monday.
“As long as the Castros are (in power), there will be no improvement,” Biscet said, referring to Cuban President Raul Castro and his older brother, Fidel.
“Just like they say, what they are doing is updating their system,” the 54-year-old physician said. “When one analyzes the meaning, (it becomes clear) that it is more communism and more wealth for them, not for the people.”
Biscet, who was arrested during a crackdown on dissidents in late 2002, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The physician was one of the dissidents in the “Group of 75,” who were accused of conspiring with the United States.
He was released from prison in March 2011 along with other political prisoners after the Vatican mediated with Raul Castro’s administration.
Cuba needs change “from the bottom up to the superstructure” and an opening to democracy and freedom, Biscet said, adding that he feared the Cuban regime “might prolong itself” even if Raul Castro leaves power as announced in 2018.