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Dariel Fernández Elected President of Cuban Opposition ‘Somos+’

Dariel Fernández es electo presidente del movimiento opositor cubano Somos+

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Dariel Fernandez, the new president of the Cuban opposition movement Somos+ [We Are More], assumed this Wednesday the leadership of this international organization in an act in Miami (Florida) and with the commitment of “not desisting until the Cuban people are completely free.”

Fernández, a Cuban businessman from South Florida and owner of the Ponemus advertising agency, replaces as president of the organization the well-known opposition leader Eliécer Ávila, who was imprisoned 56 times in Cuba, even with his pregnant wife, until he was able to leave and settle in the United States, where his daughter was born.

“Our Cuban people have suffered atrocities, oppression and misery at the hands of the Castros’ communist regime for almost 63 years, but that is not the future of my Cuba,” said Fernandez, who arrived in Miami in the mid-1990s.

He added that his goal and that of the dissident organization is to join “Cubans on the island and in Florida and all those who defend freedom and democracy in the world.”

“I will always defend those who fight tirelessly to bring freedom to Cuba. We cannot desist until the Cuban people are truly free,” said Fernandez upon learning that the organization had elected him president.

The Cuban officially took office last Wednesday at a ceremony held at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora in Miami.

Somos+ was founded as a movement that “summons all Cubans who wish to participate in the beautiful and difficult adventure of helping to build a modern, prosperous and free country,” the organization states on its website.

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