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Cuban Opposition Gathered In Puerto Rico Support Plebiscite For Free Elections

Cuban Opposition Gathered In Puerto Rico Support Plebiscite For Free
Elections / 14ymedio
Posted on August 16, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 16 August 2015 – The Cuban National Conference –
involving one hundred activists from 23 organizations from the Island
and 32 from exile meeting for three days in Puerto Rico – concluded this
Saturday with a document setting forth a common strategy. The
Declaration of San Juan emphasizes the need to work “to achieve full
for the Cuban people and genuine Rule of Law.”

Among the points of agreement among the participants were the demand for
the unconditional release of all political prisoners and the repeal of
laws that violate fundamental freedoms. The declaration also established
as a priority achieving “, press, association,
assembly, peaceful demonstration, profession and religion.”

The signers of the Declaration of San Juan made a call to fight for “the
participation of all the people in every decision of the nation, the
legalization of all political parties, and free and multi-party
elections.” During the meeting 30 papers, prepared over the last year,
were presented addressing several of the topics that were later
reflected in the final document.

The Cuban National Conference urged “work for a campaign for a binding
plebiscite in favor of free, fair and plural elections, under democratic
conditions, that guarantee the sovereignty of the citizens.” Support for
the Agreement for Democracy in Cuba, a document put forward in 1998 by
organizations in the diaspora and on the island, was another of the
issues agreed to in the final document.

The promotion of the peaceful struggle and “training of pro-democracy
activists in the methods of civil disobedience,” is included among the
issues to strengthen.

The participants committed to working for the collapse of the
“cyber-wall in Cuba and striving so that the internal opposition has the
technological resources needed to continue mobilizing the citizenry.”
Progress in both aspects will monitored over the coming six months.

The Cuban National Conference, enjoyed the participation of activists
such as Guillermo Fariñas, Elizardo Sanchez, Mario Felix Lleonart,
Eliecer Avila, Laritza Diversent and Rene Gomez Manzanos. Its
realization coincided with the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry
to Cuba.

Source: Cuban Opposition Gathered In Puerto Rico Support Plebiscite For
Free Elections / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –

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