Those of us who warmly welcomed the triumph of Fidel Castro in 1959 which we believed would allow the Cuban people human rights and install a democratic government have long awaited fulfillment of that dream. During the past fifty years, the Castro boys have brutalized the people of Cuba, imprisoned those who spoke out and carried out a vicious program against gays and lesbians. Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratino announced, after consultation with the Cuban government, that Cuba seeks a new approach to democracy. ‘All of the political prisoners in Cuba will be liberated. Even those who do not wish to leave the island.” The Castro boys entered into negotiations with the Catholic Church in Cuba and arranged for an end to imprisonment of those who differed with communism in their land. Although, the initial group that was freed are being sent to Spain, the remainder of liberated prisoners will be allowed to remain with their families in Cuba.
Moratino urged the European Union and the Unites States of America to respond to this gesture with relaxation of economic sanctions and enter into negotiations with the Castro government. It is time to move forward on the assumption that democracy has finally taken a first step in Cuba.