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“The overwhelming majority of dissidents on the island do not support the lifting of the embargo,” he said, according to Mr. Claver-Carone, who posted the remark on a blog he runs in addition to his work as head of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC.

According to the blog, Mr. Farinas added that “there are those who do support [the embargo’s] lifting, and we respect their criteria, but they are mostly intellectuals who do not have a membership base behind them.”

He and Mr. Sanchez also participated in a recorded conversation with foreign policy experts at the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington.

“It’s important for Americans to see that there’s dissent within the island,” said Carl Meacham, who heads the center’s Americas Program. “It’s not just something that members of Congress or folks that are living in Florida are talking about.”

Those who speak out during the visits “might go back to Cuba and get arrested, but I think that’s what happens when you’re trying to improve the conditions,” he added. “These people are great because they know that there’s a consequence for their criticism of the Cuban government and they love their country so much that they’re willing to pay that consequence.”