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Oscar Biscet Fights For “The Disintegration of the Dictatorship of the Castros”

Oscar Biscet Fights For “The Disintegration of the Dictatorship of the
Castros” / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 4 June 2016 — On his first trip to the
United States, former political prisoner Oscar Elias Biscet has shown
once again that he doesn’t mince words: he has criticized President
Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba, he has spoken in favor of repealing the
Cuban Adjustment Act, and he has raised the possibility of a military
coup on the island.

A doctor by profession, Biscet is backed by the Lawton Foundation, the
National Democratic Party and the New Union for a Free Cuba Foundation.
He presented the Emilia Project at a press conference this Saturday; the
project is named in honor of Emilia Teurbe Toulon, who in the mid
19th-century first sewed the first Cuban flag. According to Biscet his
initiative is a “project of freedom” that seeks “the disintegration of
the dictatorship of the Castros.”

Biscet was sentenced to 25 years in prison for presenting research that
denounced the abortion practices of the Cuban health system, but was
released in 2011 and decided to stay on the island. Recently, the Cuban
government allowed him to travel abroad “only once,” and the regime
opponent is in the midst of a tour that has taken him to Spain and the
United States. He has expressed fears for his life on his return to Cuba.

“The Emilia project declares that the Communist Constitution and the
organs of state power are unconstitutional,” said the Biscet, arguing
that the 1940 Constitution had been violated by Fidel Castro in 1959
with the arbitrary application of capital punishment. “In the first
month they shot 900 people, 400 of whom were people who had nothing to
do with the previous regime, simply because they dared to dissent,” he said.

The Emilia project has been signed by more than 3,000 Cubans with their
names and identity card numbers. In it he demands that “the legal system
of our country has as its base the democratic principles that prevail in
other nations of the civilized world.”

Biscet argues that his movement is based on the 1940 Constitution which,
since its amendment in 1976, has been an “eyesore” imposed by the Cuban
government against the will of its own people.

Dr. Oscar Biscet from Cuba presented The Emilia Project in Miami
With regards to relations between the US and Cuba, Biscet believes that
the steps taken by the current administration, including President
Barack Obama’s visit to the island, “complicate the fight against the

“It is a mistake to support a dictatorship that is falling. Free
governments should demand freedom for Cuba,” said Biscet. “Emilia
activists want to strengthen the people in their idea of achieving
freedom, strengthening non-governmental organizations, seeking a
multitude willing to end the dictatorship and execute a strategic plan
to end this.”

According to the leader of the Emilia Project, there are several
possible scenarios: that a group of “worthy” soldiers would put an end
the regime (he would support this option), or that the son of Raul
Castro, Alejandro Castro Espin, succeeds his father, or that there is a
evolution towards a “softer dictatorship” in the style of the former
Yugoslavia of Milosevic.

“Our purpose is to make a change from the base to the superstructure, a
national insurrection,” said Biscet, who pointed out however the
peaceful nature of his movement said. “There are many people who have
hatred but we want justice to prevail.”

According to Biscet, the Cuban government has always lived on foreign
aid, first from the Soviets and now Venezuela. “The Venezuelan people
are starving like the Cuban people, not only materially starving but
hungering for freedom,” he added. “Socialism has caused chaos and
failure wherever it has been implemented, we knew that Venezuela would
end like this.”

On the current immigration crisis the former political prisoner believes
that “it is a human right to emigrate,” but regrets that the Cuban
Adjustment Act allows people to continue leaving the island and then
return in a year and a day “to speculate.” He said, “I agree with what
Marco Rubio and Congressman Curbelo are doing; asylum must be for those
who deserve it, the rest should stay in Cuba to fight.”

For Biscet “you can not enjoy a foreign freedom, with the resources of
another country.”

Source: Oscar Biscet Fights For “The Disintegration of the Dictatorship
of the Castros” / 14ymedio, Mario Penton – Translating Cuba –

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