|Regime propaganda. No free elections in Cuba since June 1, 1950|
Cuba's last democratic president, Carlos Prio Socarras, was elected by Cubans in free and fair elections on July 1, 1948 and assumed office on October 10, 1948.
Sadly, on March 10, 1952 Fulgencio Batista staged a coup against President Prio that ended Cuban democracy, established a military dictatorship and opened the path for something even worse in 1959 with the arrival of Castro's totalitarian dictatorship that has ruled Cuba with an iron fist for 61 years.
President Prío met with Castro in Mexico and financed him with the objective of restoring democracy in Cuba. The goal publicly claimed by Fidel Castro as early as 1953. Prio also returned to Cuba to dialogue with Batista in 1955, to achieve a negotiated restoration of democracy but was forced out again at gun point in 1956.
Carlos Prío would return to Cuba again in January 1959 with Batista's ouster pushing for a democratic restoration. Only to depart for exile again in December 1960 as President Prío saw Castro turning the government into a communist military dictatorship. He continued his resistance to the Castro regime until his death in Miami in April 1977.
However, over six decades there has been a democratic resistance and those voices continues to cry out for freedom.
The Castro regime has been trying to engineer a fake change to maintain power and carry out a generational succession. Oswaldo Payá denounced it months prior to his extrajudicial execution at the hands of agents of the dictatorship.
Rosa Maria Payá Acevedo addressing the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy gave voice to this tradition when she stated, "it is time to put an end to the impunity of the Cuban government, which has never been chosen by Cubans in free, fair and pluralistic elections. It is time for the younger generations to assume our responsibility to build together a better Cuba."
Below is a new video from the initiative CubaDecide calling for real elections in Cuba.