The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, was taken on a trip to Havana on Thursday where, he said on his social network, he exchanged with the people, ate guava cake, educated the owners and expressed his support in addition. in the midst of pressure to intercede on behalf of political prisoners and demand human rights with the island’s authorities.
“Hear the voices of Cubans in Centro Habana. We talked about their concerns and challenges of everyday life. We ate guava cake. You will teach me dominos.” Borrell wrote on Twitter.where questions poured in from dozens of users, including relatives of 9/11 protesters imprisoned for political reasons.
“How disgraceful! The highest representative of the EU Foreign Affairs visits a dictatorship of six decades of politics, more than a thousand prisoners, 14 people starving, and talking about guava cakes and dominoes ending. The only thing missing was a mojito with the dictators,” said one netzen.
“Joseph Borrell is a political prisoner in Cuba. Visit the prisoner camp,” asked Betty Guerra Perdomo, a cousin of the brothers Jorge and Nadir Perdomo.
“And the voices of activists, opponents, political prisoners and their relatives? Do you mind hearing these voices?” asked journalist José Raúl Gallego.
“Sir, it is closed to the Cuban family, which cannot find a viable solution to its problems, the result of that failed economic plan. Sir, leave the “chronology of your trip to Cuba” and ask about the issue of human rights and political prisoners, which is very important, ” Jorge Amado Robert Vera, journalist for DIARY DE CUBA.
Also independent journalist and director of YucaByte, Norges Rodríguez, I regretted it in another comment that Borrell’s first public event in Cuba “was not a meeting with activists or relatives of political prisoners, it was a meeting with “entrepreneurs” in the place of the owner (Luis Mario Gell) “the son of a high-ranking military officer”.
“While Josep Borrell was talking about business, the Cuban dictatorship repressed relatives of political prisoners. While Josep Borrell was talking about “entrepreneurs,” the government disappeared several political prisoners who were on hunger strike,” Rodríguez announced.
Borrell himself He dedicated his thread to a meeting with representatives of MSMEsin which his fraud was supported in the cause of the state.
“The current context is full of challenges for the 8000 Cuban MSMEs, but also opportunities. We hope that they will be able to strengthen and benefit from the modernization of Cuba’s economy in this way. The EU is entrusted to support them; ” Borrell wrote on Twitter.
“There are things that people should have, even if they cannot guarantee them: rights. It is necessary to find a balance between fundamental freedoms, private enterprise, fiscal equity, public action and individual economic action. The EU is here to offer you our cooperation,” he added.
The cooperation translates into approximately 14 million dollars, which has not determined how they will reach their recipients.
Cuba’s 8,000 small and medium-sized private companies represent a fraction of the more than 50,000 that existed in Cuba in 1968, when the government abolished all private ownership. The image is also a small representation of the million and a half small businesses that exist in the Dominican Republic.
MSMEs in Cuba carry out activities in the sphere of food, accommodation, beauty services and local projects, among others. However, they do not have access to areas “appropriated” by the Cuban Government such as health, telecommunications, industry, defense and media.
In a recent opinion article on the private sector in Iceland, DIARIO DE CUBA Analyst Rafaela Cruz warned that what was born was a network of small and medium-sized companies directly or indirectly linked to the Government, well financed by it, even supplying. those dollars at an exchange rate lower than the official one, who enjoy licenses and administrative privileges, access to foreign trade and powerful contracts, through which the budgets of public companies are diverted to inject resources into these ‘private’ MSMEs.
“Certainly, many small and medium-sized private companies are emerging under this parastatal ecosystem, which may indeed be more in number, but their impact and economic weight next to the MSMEs favoring the State will be less and less; “The sponsor” said that he would use his privileges to increase and tear down the market shops .
An economic expert from DIARY DE CUBA, “MSMEs Trojan horse, seems to inoculate the vaccine independent financial agents in the private economy.”
The Director of European Diplomacy also announced in the network the details of the exchange with the Cuban religious leaders, regarding the Conference of Bishops.
“In Cuba we addressed the implantation of the Church, religious freedom, the economic situation and other issues,” he said. In need official
“The Catholic Church has an important role in meeting the challenges of the Cuban reality,” he added.