Back in 2002, when organizers of the Varela Project said they had collected more than 10,000 signatures asking for a referendum on basic liberties, the Cuban government responded with its own straw vote.
The June 10, 2002, referendum asked voters to make Cuba's "economic, political and social system" an "untouchable" part of the Cuban Constitution. And it proclaimed that Cuban officials would never negotiate with any other country "under aggression, threat or pressure from a foreign power."
The government sent around buses and trucks to pick up voters. And Cuban authorities said 99 percent approved of measure.I wonder how many voters would approve such a measure today.