THE CUBAN POLICE BLOCK A MEETING OF THE CITIZEN'S COMMITTEE FOR RECONCILIATION AND DIALOGUE
THE CUBAN POLICE BLOCK A MEETING OF THE CITIZEN'S COMMITTEE FOR
RECONCILIATION AND DIALOGUE
The leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Payá, declared
on Saturday that the Cuban security forces had prevented the followers
of the group from being present at the meeting of their newly formed
Citizen's Committee for Reconciliation and Dialogue in Cuba, and at the
same time he urged the Spanish Government to "send a firm and
transparent show of support to the opposition," because he admitted
that, "something else" was expected" with regards to Spain's stance
toward the Cuban opposition.
As for today's retentions, Payá denounced that the security forces held
up at least six of the twelve participants who were heading to the
meeting of the committee that was organized at the home of the Cuban
dissident. These followers remained in police custody during a brief
period of time before being sent back to their homes. Nevertheless, once
there, they were "fenced in inside their houses" by the Cuban Police, to
prevent them from being present at the meeting, declared Payá to Europa
The Citizen's Committee for Reconciliation and Dialogue (CCRD) was born
with the objective, according to Payá, of promoting the Cuban Forum
Campaign and contributing to "the founding of a new nation of sincere
democracy," according to the declaration of the principles of the
"The people need for the international community to support in a
positive way the civic movement for peace and freedom that asks for the
release of the political prisoners and changes towards a transition,"
stated Payá. "We ask for these changes in a radical way but without
hate, because we are overcome with the call for reconciliation," he added.
"We are in a new moment, we now know that change is possible, that a new
stage is beginning and another one finishing and that the Government is
afraid," affirmed the leading opponent, who underlined the need to
demolish the barrier that the Cuban Government has put before the people
and their future."
Finally, Payá lamented that, "in a moment to send solidarity to the
Cuban people, we do not feel this solidarity from the Spanish
Government, which should send a firm and transparent show of support to
"From Spain we were expecting something else, but I hope they change
their position," he concluded.