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Leaders of the Cuban Resistance request before the subcommittee of the U.S. Congress to support real efforts for the freedom of Cuba and not to lift the trade embargo on the dictatorship
By Assembly of the Resistance

WASHINGTON, DC, February 5, 2015. Cuban Resistance Assembly. During a special hearing on Cuba of the Subcommittee on Human Rights that belongs to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress opposition leaders Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez”, Berta Soler Fernández and Sara Marta Fonseca Quevedo gave testimony on their struggle for the freedom of Cuba and have denounced the efforts of the Castro regime to remain in power through a false transition legitimized by the normalization of diplomatic relations with the United States. "There is an international effort, expressed by the Obama-Castro agreements to promote an alleged evolution within the Castro regime. This is the fraudulent change promoted by the Castro regime to perpetuate itself in power. This illusion is manipulated by the dictatorship simply to remain in power. The Castro dictatorship is not a reformable system, based on the rejection of democratic society and all that it represents. It is a tyranny that aspires not only to control the Cuban people; but also to export repression to other countries, as is the case in Venezuela. What does a real change mean in Cuba? It means the restoration of all civil liberties. It means a general amnesty for political prisoners. It means the right to organize political parties and independent trade unions. It means real free elections supervised by the international community. It means the separation from power of the Castro brothers, "said Antúnez, leader of the National Civic Resistance Front Orlando Zapata Tamayo during his presentation to the US Congress. Berta Soler Fernández, Ladies in White leader, said, “Our demands are quite concrete: freedom for political prisoners, recognition of civil society, the elimination of all criminal dispositions that penalize freedom of expression and association and the right of the Cuban people to choose their future through free, multiparty elections”. Sara Marta Fonseca, exiled opposition leader also gave her testimony at the hearing by calling on the US Congress not to lift the embargo while the demands of the people of Cuba are not met. "Why deal with a dictatorship without considering the people and their Resistance? What of all those years of suffering, beatings of the opposition and people claiming freedom and democracy by the political police? What of the political prisoners, killed and disappeared? What is Raúl Castro giving in return? Only when all political prisoners are released, only when all political parties and independent trade unions are legalized, only when multiparty democratic elections are conducted, only when human rights are respected, only then is it that  the embargo should be lifted," said Fonseca Quevedo. ###

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