On tour,dissident calls the prisoner release 'image laundering' that benefits only Spain
Dissident Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta said Tuesday in Berlin that the Spanish government "defended the economic interests of Spain, not the humanitarian interests of Cubans" when it intervened in the release of prisoners, including himself.
According to the news agency EFE, Herrera said that Spain's position toward Cuba "won't lead Cuba to any democratic solution." Spain's efforts to bring the European Union and Cuba together was "malicious and totally wrong," Herrera said at a meeting of German human rights activists.
Herrera asked the EU to take a hard stance, "similar to the one it maintains against other dictatorships like Belarus or Burma." Specifically, he asked for "a boycott against the regime."
On a tour of European capitals, Herrera was accompanied by Sylvia Iriondo, president of the Miami group Mothers and Women Against Repression.
To Herrera, the ongoing release of political prisoners "is only image laundering by the Cuban regime and also a cleanup of the oppositionists in its jails. In other words, a theatrical show."
From the business website Cuba Standard:A delegation of the British parliament’s Cuba Initiative will be in Havana at the end of September, the London-based Caribbean Council announced in its newsletter.
The group, led by Ian Taylor, a Conservative member of parliament and former science and technology minister, will hold meetings with [Cuban] ministers and the British ambassador in Havana. The visit is being organized by the Cuban side of the Initiative, which is chaired by Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca.
“Representatives will have an opportunity to present their companies’ commercial interests in Cuba and to discuss any new or existing business ventures,” the Caribbean Council newsletter said.