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Oswaldo Paya Surfaces - Updated
Monday, August 01, 2005 By: Juan Paxety
Oswaldo Paya has finally shown up again. A number of folks have wondered where this critic of fidel's regime has been during the Assembly For A Civil Society meetings and during the recent harrassment and arrests of dissidents. He's finally spoken up - in opposition to the U.S. appointment of Caleb McCarry as the State Department's transition co-ordinator. From The Telegraph (UK)
"Any transition in Cuba is for Cubans to define, lead, organise and co-ordinate," said Oswaldo Paya, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement and promoter of a petition seeking democracy in Cuba.
He was joined in his criticism by another dissident - and by a government official.
"It will allow the Cuban government to raise the spectre of foreign interference in the internal affairs of our country," said Elizardo Sanchez, of the National Reconciliation Commission, a dissident group.
"Surely he will receive a juicy salary in his new job, but Caleb McCarry - I assure you - will retire without setting foot in Cuba," Felipe Perez Roque, the Cuban foreign minister, said.
The article also says that the U.S. has been sending more aircraft transmitted radio and television programs to Cuba, thus avoiding the jamming fidel usually does of the Miami based shows. Maybe this is why there was such a ruckus when fidel's agents tried to take the television sets away from one Havana neighborhood.
Update - CNN reports that Cuba's communist party is very upset with McCarry's appointment.
U.S. President George W. Bush "once again meddles in a rude manner in the internal affairs of Cuba by naming one of his men to publicly coordinate subversive actions against the island," the Granma newspaper said in a signed editorial.