Unformatted text preview: ul activists who began their work precariously have now resorted to blogs, for example, as a format to circulate information about programs and initiatives to collect signatures,” Sánchez said. She and others have done just that, getting signatures on petitions to demand the release in particular of one wellknown Cuban journalist. In addition, Sanchez is circulating a petition known as “the Citizens’ Demand” to pressurethe Cuban regime to ratify the UN political rights agreements signed in 2008. The signers are calling for a legal and political framework for a full debate of all ideas relevant to the internal crisis facing the Cuban people on the island . In effect, this demand for democracy is nothing less than a call for creation of a political democracy that would, if implemented, lead to the collapse of the edifice of the Communist one
party state. As Sanchez put it: “It is important to have initiatives for transforming the law and demand concrete public spaces within the...
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