Martes, 12 de Diciembre de 2017
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Editorial

Obama and the Cuban opposition

Both Barack Obama and the main dissidents in Cuba consulted by this publication believe that the elimination of the dry foot/wet foot policy will give rise to a momentous situation on the Island. At the end of his statement, Obama justified the measure as the best way to assure that Cubans can enjoy prosperity, bring about reform, and determine their own destiny. His last words were, “as I said in Havana, the future of Cuba should be in the hands of the Cuban people.”

With it, he asserted that this step was necessary for the democratization of Cuban society. Through his visit to the Island, his words there, and his policy of reestablishing relations, the US president has opted for the most direct dialogue possible with Cuban businesspeople, in the hope that economic freedom will spawn political freedom. But this formula, repeatedly resisted by Havana, is not a sure thing; the case of China demonstrates that a free market can, in fact, exist alongside a single-party system.

Nevertheless, unlike other instances, in which the Cuban opposition has been divided in their reactions to presidential measures towards Cuba, this time all the dissidents consulted agree that the elimination of the dry foot/wet foot policy could very well prompt a public political discussion in which people lay claim to their rights. Dissident Manuel Cuesta Morúa has even pointed out that the new situation could "force the Cuban government to take more internal measures favoring Cubans' well-being and freedoms, which are really what are at stake."

According to UNPACU leader, José Daniel Ferrer, "this is going to spur many people to see that no other option is left, that they must fight for their freedom, their rights, their well-being, and opportunities here in Cuba."

Antonio Rodiles, a consistent critic of Obama's measures, recognized that the elimination of dry feet/wet feet is going to have a major effect.

All of them speak of the "escape valve" that massive emigration to the USA has constituted until now. To this must be added the worsening of the country's economic situation and that regarding liberties within it, evident in light of the official economic data, the rise in repression, and one of the main consequences that this new Obama measure will entail: a decrease in the total amounts received in family remittances, which constitute one of the cornerstones of the nation’s economy.

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