A group of Cuban-Americans have been making a series of posts about how the island’s political and economic systems are rigged against them.
They have posted about being denied access to the country’s electoral board and have said they were also denied access by local elections officials.
Their efforts have helped fuel anger among Cuban-American communities, who say they have been excluded from the electoral process and that they are not receiving adequate representation in the Cuban congress.
They also have expressed frustration that a state of emergency, which is a tool in the countrys political system, has not been used to protect their community from the consequences of the crisis.
As we head into this year’s elections, we must not let the Cuban-U.S. relationship weaken, Cuban-US human rights lawyer and activist Javier Gonzalez told Business Insider.
“This is a time for us to do something that will allow us to be better citizens,” he said.
Gonzalez, who was born in the U.S., says he is working on a bill to bring more economic justice to Cuban-owned businesses.
He said he hopes that by getting more people involved in the electoral system, Cuban citizens can be better represented in government and society.
“I’m very concerned that this election is going to be one of the biggest challenges for the Cuban people,” he told Business Insidethe United States.
We should make it a national campaign, he said, adding that he believes in the importance of building a better political system.
“There are more than enough voices in the system to stop the corruption that has been so pervasive in this country,” he added.
The United States has been a major donor to Cuba since the 1959 revolution that overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista.
President Donald Trump has called the island a “special case” that has a “unique” relationship with the United States, but has also called for improved relations.
Since the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the United Nations has designated Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism and imposed sanctions on its citizens.
More: The U.N. says it has sanctioned more than 70 individuals, including more than 40 members of the Cuban government.
In 2017, President Trump imposed a $1.5 billion sanctions relief package against Cuba.
Trump’s latest sanctions deal was aimed at limiting the country s ability to make money from the sale of luxury goods.