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January 28, 1999, Cuba Free Press.

DEMOCRATIC SOLIDARITY PARTY OFFERS ALTERNATIVES TO REPRESSION By Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - The Democratic Solidarity Party has issued a declaration of preoccupation with what it calls "repressive methods" announced in the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Revolutionary National Police (PNR) and offers an alternative approach to open up the society.

The party statement says "we are not necessarily disagreeing with measures taken against robbery, procuring, prostitution, corruption of minors, drug trafficking or smuggling of human beings because all who do these crimes are enemies of the society." The statement adds that the workers' families, the most decent people and the most destitute and helpless are the primary victims of those who engage in social vices.

In a comparison with other sectors, the papers says that not only the police but "all the workers for the state desperately need better salaries and more human working conditions" and anticipates that now there will appear more money and resources for the police.

"Neverthless," it adds, "we would like to hear that the same disposition pertains with respect to ambulances and the workers and equipment in the hospitals and the schools, which our people need so much."

The dissident group considers that the emphasis on the police implies a new wave of repression and that the police will become more inflamed. "But such measures do not get to the root of the problem, only combat its external manifestations."

The party says "more economic openings are needed and would be an alternative way for the 'lumpen' that wander through the streets." The opposition group also is concerned with people who are not criminals, saying, "It is probable that with the new police actions, the state statistics about crime will show a decrease but that the conservation of a state of law also will bring about psychological repression among people not associated with crime."

The party underlines the government statement that suggests that crime has been increased by the dissidents and the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, and it dissents, saying: "Those things mainly responsible for the lamentable state of affairs in Cuba are the stagnation of the economy and politics and the lack of liberty, democracy and respect for human rights."

This party is the primary political group in opposition to the administration on the island and offers its own proposals for the eradication of prostitution, crime and the "corruption" of the youth through a lack of interest in work:

"We believe a developed plan of measures to open this society is needed: The distribution of idle land to those who wish to work it; the disappearance of the state monopoly over overseas trade; the allowance of equal opportunity for Cubans as well as foreigners to invest in the Cuban economy and to profit from the results; the dignifying of work, with decent salaries and humane working conditions; the privatization of state enterprises that are not profitable; impartial backing of small scale enterprises that are in the hands of their workers; the dismantling of the obligatory character of the present system of scholarships in the schools and its replacement by true education where the ethics and civic nature of teaching will be decided by the families of students so that assistance for children in the country's schools be based on strict voluntarism and that their education receive better attention from the Cuban state."

The organization repeated at the end of its declaration its disagreement with the punitive methods of the government which "only imply repression and violence and provide no measures to alleviate the profound crisis that permeates the country."

Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.


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