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Posted January 06, 2006 by Cubana in Castro's Cuba

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Wednesday,  January 4, 2006

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP): Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya lamented Tuesday that Cuba had reverted to the “darkest days of intolerance and restriction” in 2005, with a renewed rejection of any progress toward a brighter future.

Aside from the denial of basic legal rights, the most “serious and dangerous” phenomenon was the renewed rejection of any progress, Paya said in his annual report on the island’s political climate.

Paya leads the Christian Liberation Movement, which has sought a national dialogue on Cuba’s future.

In the past, it has launched a door-to-door campaign to deliver documents on initiatives for political change, including the Varela Project, which petitioned for a referendum to relax some of the Communist island’s stricter laws.

Paya won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for human rights in 2002.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on January 07, 2006 by ROLO

    The fear of giving space to stay to the cuban dissident population is,beyond any doubt,the weakest point in the
    way the cuban government handle the political turmoil in
    Cuba.Why are they scared from? A shady bussiness never yield
    a sunny life,so let the opposition makes its job,one of the
    things which is required in any society is the opposition against the mistakes,wrongdoing of the people on power.As long
    as the cuban society evolves and give the fair place to the
    dissidents groups will come more and more problems and the
    problems are not good for anybody and for anything.Paya is
    right the level of intolerance is outrageous.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on January 09, 2006 by ElaineMiami

    Any chance this new level of intolerance could be primarily as a result of the economic situation, rather than political?  And could the worsening economic conditions, assuming this is true, have anything to do with the tightening of sanctions against Cuba?  Such as the new travel restrictions on Cuban Americans wishing to travel to the island?

  3. Follow up post #3 added on January 09, 2006 by ROLO

    It seems to me the political background is decisively in the
    Cuban spectrum,many people want to be free,in the way freedom
    is wanted by Humankind and anyway economics and politics are
    very linked issues,of course many of the decision of rules
    took into account by the americans in MY Wiew are wrong,banning
    of travelling is by any standard atrocious,but in the cuban side blunders are a lots,the cuban government has some undeniable achievements,that’ why I could never understand those fears on opening the political spectrum,so as to the
    dissidents could play their role,take no account of that is a
    blunder,like for instance to ban to travel to Brussels las
    damas de blanco to get what they deserve,las damas de blanco
    are not american tools,are not european tools,they are,just a
    genuine manifestation of the vox populi,why keep imprisoned
    many cubans just for speak the word out of the governmental
    speech? It is naive to say the cuban situation is only economical one,because it is blatant that is not and iit seems
    to me the intransigence is the real disease.-

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