Yunel López O’Farrill lives in the municipality of Arroyo Naranjo, one of the poorest in Havana, where he presented himself as an opposition candidate in recent municipal elections. López O’Farrill gained 233 votes in elections that are said to have lacked transparency.
During his visit to Buenos Aires, Yuniel López could appreciate electoral propaganda, considering that Cubans live under a single party regime and proselytizing campaigns are forbidden.
The young Cuban democrat participated in a training workshop on democracy and political parties, visited a ballot in the City of Buenos Aires, was received by the representative of the legislative body of the City of Buenos Aires – Cecilia de la Torre, and was interviewed for Infobae by the journalist Claudia Peiró.
Yuniel López shared his experience of being a democratic activist in Cuba with students of Political Science and International Relations in the Argentine Catholic University (UCA).
Yuniel, the young Cuban opponent who challenged the Castro blockade. In a neighborhood of Havana the impossible happened: the residents surprised the regime by nominating a dissident as their candidate. “I had to compete with the repressive apparatus of the government”, he told Infobae.