Cubans speak out on President Barack Obama's speech

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Posted: Mar 22, 2016 6:09 PM
Cubans speak out on President Barack Obama's speech

Comments by Cubans about President Barack Obama's televised address to the island Tuesday encouraging them to pursue democracy for their Communist country and saying "it's time to lift the embargo":

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Obama "dared to say in the presence of the leaders, of Raul Castro, that (Cubans) had the right to protest peacefully without being beaten or arrested." — Juan Francisco Ugarte Oliva, retired refrigeration technician.

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"That man is intelligent! This is crazy, that man really knows what's going on!" — Delsi Ramirez, homemaker.

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"We agree with everything he said in the speech. We need democracy, freedom of expression." Barbara Uguarte, gift shop owner.

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"Cubans need all of their rights and I am in favor of democracy. I am very happy with Obama's speech. Let's see if the changes for all of the Cuban people really come." — Omardy Isaac, store worker.

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"Everything he talked about is very correct, referring to human rights, to be able to say what you think, to elect the president that you want, not those that they impose on you." — Anabel Rodriguez, homemaker.

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"I think that (Obama's ideas) have to be tried out to see if they work or not. Not everything in socialism has moved ahead: health care and education are fine but we also need to look for other things and ways; for example, here the main problem is wages. I get the impression that capitalism can work and win." — Ronald Rodriguez, Central Havana resident.

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"It's all fine, but up to now they have not gotten rid of the embargo . it's very easy for a powerful leader to talk about elections or human rights." — Julio Pedro, retiree.