Re: [CubaNews] EFE: "Cuba Will Be Free One Day," Dissident Tells Euro Lawmakers
- Cuba..... "Free" from what? The illegal, immoral U.S. Blockade? The
lingering fall-out of past European colonialism and present-day
European hypocrisy [e.g., the current outrage by U.S.-allied France,
Portugal and Italy vis-a-vis Evo Morales, Bolivia, indeed, all of Latin
How tiresome are these Western "law-making" blow-hards; how
meaningless their bestowments. Have they no bona fide dissident
journalists in their own back yard upon whom they can reward their tin
trophies and blood Euros?
On Jul 4, 2013, at 9:25 AM, Walter Lippmann wrote:
> (It's interesting how most news sources are reluctant to
> tell their readers just how much MONEY one gets when one
> gets the "Sakharov Prize". It's 50,000 Euros, not exactly
> chump change in a country where no one pays for housing,
> education or health care. 50,000 Euros = $64,548.809285
> "Cuba Will Be Free One Day," Dissident Tells Euro Lawmakers
> EFE - July 4, 2013
> STRASBOURG, France ï¿½ Cuban opposition figure Guillermo Fariï¿½as on
> Wednesday expressed confidence that ï¿½Cuba will be free one dayï¿½ during
> his speech accepting the Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament
> three years after it was awarded to him but he was prevented from
> receiving it because Havana refused his request to travel abroad.
> ï¿½Three years ago I could not be here and in my place there was an
> empty chair. Today, I say that Cuba will be free thanks not to its
> leaders but to the will of its citizens,ï¿½ the dissident said.
> Fariï¿½as, who received the prize from deputy speaker Giani Pitella,
> raised the diploma with his left hand and formed his right into a
> fist, a gesture that he said ï¿½symbolizes the force of the hope that
> democracy will one day get to the Cuban people.ï¿½
> The European Parliament, by bestowing the award, desired to recognize
> the Cuban journalist and psychologist for his work to defend freedoms
> on the communist-ruled island.
> Fariï¿½as is the third Cuban opposition figure, after the late Oswaldo
> Paya (2002) and the Ladies in White (2005), to receive the Sakharov
> The dissident received the prize accompanied by his mother, Alicia
> Fernandez, to whom he said he wanted to dedicate the award.
> ï¿½If Iï¿½m here today itï¿½s because of this woman,ï¿½ said Fariï¿½as, turning
> to his mother.
> Fariï¿½as said that he had been able to travel to receive the award
> three years late ï¿½not because the situation in Cuba has changed in any
> basic way.ï¿½
> ï¿½In Cuba, things change so that it goes on without anything
> changing,ï¿½ he said. EFE
> WALTER LIPPMANN
> Los Angeles, California
> Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
> "Cuba - Un Paraï¿½so bajo el bloqueo"
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