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Cuban Activists Celebrate The Victory Of The Venezuelan Opposition

Cuban Activists Celebrate The Victory Of The Venezuelan Opposition /
14ymedio
Posted on December 7, 2015

Venezula’s Democratic Unity Roundtable opposition alliance won an
absolute majority, according to official data (Fotograma)

14ymedio, Havana, 7 December 2015 – Satisfaction in the triumph of the
opposition, words of encouragement to the great loser of the contest,
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro: these, respectively, were the
reactions in Cuba among democracy activists and the ruling party. While
Cuban activists celebrated the absolute majority of the Democratic Unity
Roundtable (MUD), Raul Castro took note of the results and limited
himself to predicting “new victories of the Bolivarian and Chavista
Revolution.”

Cubans were able to listen live to the reading of the first election
returns on the Telesur channel, after midnight, in the voice of the
president of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena.

Cuban Catholic activist Dagoberto Valdes believes that these results are
“a great triumph of democracy, a sign of the political maturity of the
Venezuelan people.” The director of the magazine Convivencia believes
“it is clearly the beginning of a new stage in the life of these people
and I wish them progress, freedom and democracy.”

Manuel Cuesta Morua, leader of the Progressive Arc, also refers to the
vote on Sunday as a “magnificent exercise in democracy… I think it is
important for all regional movements, especially Cuban, that there has
been a change in the balance power in Venezuela, which has recovered the
sense of plural participation, and that the hegemony of a political
group has ended,” said the opponent. “It only remains to congratulate
the members of the Democratic Unity Roundtable, with whom we have a good
relationship. This means the end of a cycle of populism in Latin
America, beginning in Argentina, continuing in Venezuela and also
reflected in the end of the hegemony in Ecuador, and it will have an
impact on the process that we are engaged in in Cuba to bring
democracy,” he added.

“The Patriotic Union of Cuba feels the celebration like we were
Venezuelans, because we believe that this has been the triumph of the
forces that are in favor of democracy, freedom and respect for human
rights over a party that has infringed on freedoms and rights for over
15 years,” said the executive secretary of that organization, José
Daniel Ferrer. After congratulating the Venezuelan people “for the
extremely important electoral democratic fiesta that it has had,” and
the Democratic Unity Roundtable for the triumph, he added, “We were
happy for Macri’s win in Argentina and we are glad that Venezuelans
democrats have triumphed peacefully. This encourages us to continue
fighting for the triumph of the democrats on the Island, because someday
we will have in Cuba a system that allows the people to freely elect
their leaders and their legislators.”

For the economist Martha Beatriz Roque, “There is a reaction in Latin
America about what was happening in their towns,” and she emphasizes
that “the Venezuelan people were as tired as the Cuban people.” The
opposition leader looks to the new year and expects 2016 “to bring new
and good things for all of Latin America, especially for Cuba, which
right now is suffering another migration crisis that is ruining a ton of
homes and undoing the lives of many people.”

The opponent Guillermo Fariñas believes that what happened Sunday in
Venezuela is “proof that totalitarian regimes can fool people for some
years but not for all the years. The lack of goods, the underdevelopment
of the economy, is a sign that characterizes the construction of
socialism anywhere in the world.”

The leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, expected the victory of
the opposition. However, she believes that “the whole truth is not
reflected… God knows how many more votes there were in favor of the
Democratic Unity Roundtable and they managed to hide the real number,”
argues the activist, who was arrested on Sunday and released around 11
pm. “The truth is that the democrats have won and will keep winning.
Maduro’s government has reached a time when it must let go of power. It
is the time when the opposition in Venezuela has triumphed and when the
Cuban opposition must also triumph.”

Source: Cuban Activists Celebrate The Victory Of The Venezuelan
Opposition / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –
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