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VICTOR M DUENAS

Victor Manuel Dueñas Otero, was born on April 29, 1994 in Santo Domingo, Villa Clara (central Cuba); he is known by his first name and his last name [Victor Dueñas]. He is an activist, journalist opposed to the Cuban Government, as well as founder of the New Generation Foundation in the Netherlands.

Member of a family sympathetic to the Cuban Revolution, in his student years he was a student leader in the Federation of High School Students [FEEM] and the Union of Young Communists [UJC]. In 2012 he received recognition from the Communist Party of Cuba for the investigative work: “The Cuban Youth today, to worry or to occupy ourselves, that is the real dilemma.” In 2013 he began studying Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering at the Central University of Las Villas, in this study center he would be only one year, until he was expelled due to his opposition to the government.

His activism is closely related to communication, entering the University he creates the blog: “We want to be Heard”23 as a way of telling his reality and taking advantage of the boom4 of the internet in Cuba5. The blog caused him to be expelled from the university.
Later he began to relate to opposition groups on the island, especially the Forum for Rights and Freedoms and the network of Independent Libraries. He studied journalism through a study program at Florida International University and began collaborating with Radio Martí and the Havana Times6. His articles and interviews were devoted mainly to social criticism.

In 2014, together with several activists and artists, he created the Babel7 Sociocultural Project in Santo Domingo, Villa Clara, as a community space for civil empowerment. From the patio of his house, films banned on the island were shown, activities for children and workshops on human rights were held.

Victor, was one of the main figures of the “Nosotros Tambien Amamos” Campaign that sought recognition by the National Assembly of People’s Power [Parliament] of Equal Marriage in Cuba

In 2018, Victor decided to go into exile in the Netherlands and began collaborating with the Cuba Decide Platform, which seeks to achieve a transition to democracy. The initiative, which seeks a plebiscite in Cuba, is seen as a kind of continuation of the Varela Project, which, despite gathering the more than 10,000 signatures required by the Cuban Constitution for the proposal for legislative reforms, had been rejected by the National Assembly. He also created the New Generation Foundation as an integration platform for Latin Americans in the Netherlands. He has increased his activism against the Cuban government, especially through Twitter.