germán pachecogpachecv / madrid
The spokesman for the Christian Liberation Movement, Regis Iglesias said on the anniversary of the Varela Project that Brussels 'democratic principles should take precedence over economic interests'
This May 10 are met twelve years of the presentation of the Varela Project, proposed bill by the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), to the National Assembly of Cuba. This popular initiative, which proposes changes on freedom of expression and association, the expansion of economic rights, release of political prisoners and a new electoral law was rejected by the Castro regime.
Cuba's Constitution provides the possibility for citizens to submit bills if ten thousand signatures endorse the proposal are presented. However, the Government's response was to discredit the initiative and imprison 75 opponents of the regime, in what became known as the Black Spring.
"Forty managers of the various committees that worked on the project went to prison in 2003. It was an escalation of repression unprecedented four decades of dictatorship," he told ABC Regis Iglesias, spokeswoman MCL and one of the organizers of the project throughout the country, which in 2010 moved to Spain after the mediation of the Cuban Catholic Church.