Published On: Thu, Dec 27th, 2012

Demographic changes could influence US stance on Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba – Andres Gomez, president of the Antonio Maceo Solidarity Brigade, has suggested that demographic and voting pattern changes in the United States could influence future policy decisions by Washington, particularly those related to Cuba.

The Antonio Maceo Brigade was created 35 years ago to support the Cuban cause from within the US. Some of its members are currently visiting the Caribbean nation, PL news agency reported.

Gomez addressed the recent re-election of Barack Obama as US president by pointing to the changes taking place in the voting trends in the US state of Florida, which has the largest number of Cuban emigrants in that country.

He said that 47 percent of Cubans living in that state voted for the Democratic candidate, 10 percent more than in the 2008 presidential elections.

For Gomez, the voting trend will have an influence as to the political importance of the southern US state over the past 20 or 30 years, since the state was traditionally considered as unconditionally supportive of the US extreme right.

This trend is due to the changing demographics of emigration, because those emigrants from the 1960s and 1970s, with a more hostile position towards Cuba, are now in a minority, below 2 percent of the Miami residents, while their descendants maintain positions different from those of their parents.

By Caribbean News Now contributor

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