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Open Letter to the European Community / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on March 5, 2014

I am addressing each one of the twenty-eight nations which make up the
European Community, to demand more depth, through an exhaustive
investigation with free people, unencumbered and unafraid, to find a
just consensus to the national issues of the Island, more so when we
know that the historic practice, in more than a half century of
socialism, has not been the welfare of the people, but the maintenance
of the cruel machinery for the sake of their “Iron Totalitarian Power,”
the imprisonment and daily repression of dissenters, and the mysterious
deaths of opposition leaders.

I appeal to you, in the light of the recent decision of your Foreign
Ministers, to open up a bargaining agreement with Havana, which we
consider to be a grave mistake, in view of the fact that while the
was arriving at this agreement, the regime was
imprisoning its opponents.

We hope that you do not see Cuba as a palliative to help you solve the
crisis you are dealing with, at the cost of permitting the violation of
our rights.

Exposing ourselves to risk, we have learned that the Castro brothers
will never permit any imposition which gives any space for opposition,
so that they have not even signed the United Nations Covenants, which in
this 21st century should be the minimum indispensable requirement for
the self-respect of any state, in the face of the international
community; achieving this, and thus liberty and respect for the
opposition, would be the contribution that the European Community could
present to the Cuban people, and in turn this would be a credible step
forward on the part of the Raúl Castro government, showing that it
really is its intention to provide openings and improvements in terms of
the of the Cuban people.

In actual fact, they have filled up the jails with young people who,
without any other option, have preferred to be criminals rather than
submit to hunger and the absence of basic necessities. In those prisons,
you will find many professionals, “embezzlers”, who have had the same
misfortune as those who haven’t studied, since they haven’t had the
opportunity to emigrate, as is the case with the overwhelming majority.

With respect, we urgently request that the European Community does not
change its Common Position, without previously assuring itself in
respect of the necessary change for the political democratisation of the
Cuban archipelago.

Sincerely,
Ángel Santiesteban-Prats

Lawton settlement. February 2014.
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Translated by GH
26 February 2014

Source: Open Letter to the European Community / Angel Santiesteban |
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