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The leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Payá, declared on Saturday that the Cuban security forces had prevented the followers of the group from being present at the meeting of their newly formed Citizen’s Committee for Reconciliation and Dialogue in Cuba, and at the same time he urged the Spanish Government to “send a firm and transparent show of support to the opposition,” because he admitted that, “something else” was expected” with regards to Spain’s stance toward the Cuban opposition.
As for today’s retentions, Payá denounced that the security forces held up at least six of the twelve participants who were heading to the meeting of the committee that was organized at the home of the Cuban dissident. These followers remained in police custody during a brief period of time before being sent back to their homes. Nevertheless, once there, they were “fenced in inside their houses” by the Cuban Police, to prevent them from being present at the meeting, declared Payá to Europa Press.
The Citizen’s Committee for Reconciliation and Dialogue (CCRD) was born with the objective, according to Payá, of promoting the Cuban Forum Campaign and contributing to “the founding of a new nation of sincere democracy,” according to the declaration of the principles of the organization.
“The people need for the international community to support in a positive way the civic movement for peace and freedom that asks for the release of the political prisoners and changes towards a transition,” stated Payá. “We ask for these changes in a radical way but without hate, because we are overcome with the call for reconciliation,” he added.
“We are in a new moment, we now know that change is possible, that a new stage is beginning and another one finishing and that the Government is afraid,” affirmed the leading opponent, who underlined the need to demolish the barrier that the Cuban Government has put before the people and their future.”
Finally, Payá lamented that, “in a moment to send solidarity to the Cuban people, we do not feel this solidarity from the Spanish Government, which should send a firm and transparent show of support to the opposition.”
“From Spain we were expecting something else, but I hope they change their position,” he concluded.