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Guillermo Fariñas’ Organization Withdraws from MUAD

Guillermo Fariñas’ Organization Withdraws from MUAD / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 1 July 2016 — In the same week, the Democratic Action
Roundtable (MUAD) has lost two of its most representative
organizations. On Tuesday, the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) withdrew
from the organization of opponents, and Thursday the United
Anti-totalitarian Front (FANTU), led by Guillermo Fariñas, made public
its departure.

In a note circulated by email within the island, the FANTU National
Council said that MAUD “is permeated by a majority of organizations and
personalities that are not representative of the entire non-violent
opposition.” Something that, according to the group, distances them from
those who daily confront “in the streets, the Castro’s totalitarian regime.”

The statement, signed by eight activists among whom is Fariñas, winner
of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for of Thought, said
that FANTU’s members believe that the opponents who belong to the United
Roundtable reject the carrying out of “actions in the public
rights-of-ways” and “reject the methodology” of the organizations that
hold them.

Unlike UNPACU’s more diplomatic declaration of withdrawal from MUAD, the
FANTU note offers very harsh criticisms of the entities that make up
MUAD. In their opinion, they are “very popular in the media, but with
few members in their ranks,” at times only one person, “and act only
towards the exterior of Cuba.”

Manuel Cuesta Morua, one of the main drivers of the MUAD initiative,
told 14ymedio that MUAD is preparing “a well-thought out” response to
these criticisms.

For its part, FANTU has reproached MUAD for using “methods to buy and
get commitment as well as votes from opponents, which consist of
facilitating abroad”; a way that seeks to “defend the postures
and opinions of certain personalities within this rebellious entity.”

The document notes that “the struggle must be carried out within Cuba
and not be [going] constantly from to [since] the real
scenario for the democratization our country is within the island itself.”

Cuesta Morua recognizes that the withdrawal of these organizations “is a
blow” for the MUAD project, because both groups “have worked hard and
are very prestigious within Cuba.” However, he dismissed the seriousness
of the rupture, which he described a “a growth crisis” that “will not
end” the umbrella organization.

Cuesta Morua, who is the leader of the Progressive Arc, said that there
is still “a lack of maturity in the coexistence between the same
proposal from different viewpoints, distinct concrete strategies of
change, of how to push democratic change.” He notes that “the doors
remain open from FANTU and UNPACU,” if in the future they want to
return” to the organization.

Fariñas is setting his sights on the Second National Cuban Meeting, an
event that will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, between this August
12th to 14th. That is “another attempt at unity in which we are
involved,” the opponent emphasized to this newspaper.

Source: Guillermo Fariñas’ Organization Withdraws from MUAD / 14ymedio –
Translating Cuba –

2 Responses to Guillermo Fariñas’ Organization Withdraws from MUAD

  • These characters seem to agree on nothing except that they would be better placed to govern Cuba than the Cuban Government. Let us see how many candidates they field in next year’s elections…..and let the Cuban people decide.

    • The lack of unity in the Cuban dissident community is indeed a handicap. Often provoked by infiltrators of the regime.
      As far as the elections go: the regime has shown its fear of the candidates of the opposition by falsifying their CV’s, slandering them, house to house campaigns to warn people not to select them as candidates or if they do make it as candidate vote for them. The selection process of the candidates is far from free and fair as it is run by the CDR, an organization set up to inform on and repress dissent. Speaking out for a dissident as a candidate is a risky business that can lead to the loss of employment, house, educational opportunities, …
      In the case of Sirley Avila the regime even resorted to “gerrymandering” (changing the boundaries of electoral districts) to stop her being elected.
      The Castro regime fears free and fair elections that would allow the Cuban people to decide. That is why it manipulated the “selection” of candidates to such an extent that the UN decided that:
      “the electoral process is so tightly controlled that the final phase, the voting itself, could be dispensed with without the final result being substantially affected”
      See: E/CN.4/1998/69
      Indeed William: let the Cuban people decide. That is what the Castro regime has been denying them for over 50 years.

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