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Tuesday, August 09, 2005 By: Juan Paxety
The Valera Project
Oswaldo Paya, the founder of The Valera Project has an opionion piece in today's Miami Herald.
There are many myths about Cuba and speculation about its future. Yet its people have not had a chance to express themselves freely -- and now, for the first time in many years, citizens have to opportunity to offer their opinions about a democratic transition and to show the path to the future. This is the National Dialogue.
The Varela Project's well-known campaign for a referendum on basic freedoms has already gathered more than 25,000 signatures from Cuban citizens demanding their rights. Despite the imprisonment of dozens of its activists, this campaign continues. Cubans do not only want the rights called for by the Varela Project; they want to shape all aspects of Cuban society -- social, political, economic and cultural, all controlled by the totalitarian state. Cubans want their voices heard in shaping the transition.
There are a lot of folks who wonder just what Paya is up to - why he didn't participate in The Assembly for a Civil Society. Read the whole thing and see what you think yourself.
Update - Robert shares his thoughts at The 26th Parallel.