"Under Communist Party rule, Cubans endure the austerity of living under a stagnant, centrally planned economy.Their access to the Internet is severely limited and censored. The island’s official press is wholly subservient to the state.Outside the rigid mechanisms of the party, Cubans have few substantive vehicles to challenge their leaders."
The editorial also calls on Latin American leaders to attack the lack of human rights in Cuba:
"For decades, Latin American governments have coddled, or appeased, the Castro regime because confronting it would be interpreted as an endorsement of Washington’s harshly punitive policy toward the island. By changing that policy, Mr. Obama has removed that concern, which should allow leaders from democratic nations to support the principles Cuban activists have put forward. The leaders of Latin America’s largest economies, in particular, can be strong champions of Cuba’s opposition leaders at the Summit of the Americas in Panama in April.Despite a traditional reluctance to meddle in other countries’ internal affairs, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil should speak up unequivocally for democratic values that are embraced by most nations in the Americas. As a former political prisoner, a leftist and the leader of one of Cuba’s main trading allies, Ms. Rousseff would arguably carry the most weight.
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