Skip to comments.Cuba is 'giant prison', says Czech ex-president Havel
Posted on 09/21/2004 6:07:27 PM PDT by wagglebee
PRAGUE : Former Czech president Vaclav Havel described Cuba as "a giant prison", as he called for international mobilisation to persuade the country to commit to a peaceful transition to democracy.
"Cuba is a giant prison. We have to put up alarm bells around the walls," he said. "With every signature, every conference we make another step towards freedom in Cuba."
The former playwright dissident, who himself spent five years in communist prisons, was speaking on the second day of a summit on Cuba attended by European and American former heads of state and governments, parliamentarians and human rights capaigners in Prague.
The summit was organized by the International Committee for Democracy in Cuba (ICDC), founded one year ago at the initiative of Havel with the help of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Polish dissident Adam Michnik and former Russian dissident Elena Bonner.
It was staged 18 months after the arrests in March 2003 of 75 Cuban opponents of the Castro regime and their sentencing to up to 28 years imprisonment.
They included the poet and writer Raul Rivero, who according to his wife is in a poor state of health.
"This summit is important as the least signature of a petition is important. All this creates pressure," said Havel.
"It is inconceivable and unacceptable that people continue to be imprisoned in Cuba because of their ideas and their peaceful politics," said a final declaration issued at the summit, named the Prague Memorandum.
If Havel thinks that Mizz Notsobright is going to help end communist oppression, he is sorely mistaken!
But... but... the prison has such a nice healthcare system! /sarcasm
A prison? Yeah right. They have free health care, don't you know. .....And great cigars. .....And Castro likes baseball. ......and Redford and Spielberg say the place is a paradise. < /sarc >
Halfwit is there to see that nothing is accomplished.
Castro: The Stalin Of the Caribbean
What I've never quite understood is how Castro was able to totally screw the mafia and get away with it.
And how much do you want to bet that Elian will be in one of the first boats?
This guy is obviously confused.
Dan Rather loves Filed / fido / fildel....what ever....
So every thing must be just hunky dory down there.
You cannot question Dan-the-Man's word.
He is, after all, "The Dan".
Yes, Dan thanks you.
Hard to believe we're allowing Chavez to build a new one just a short way south...
Man, over 800 miles long and never more than about 45 miles to the beach. Somebody needs to tell Fidel that he sooo past-tense.
castro helps the mafia run drugs from colombia...
And he was holding a NOAA map...
This picture surfaced about 30 minutes after my communist cousin (probably the only communist left in Cuba) said "For once, we are in agreement with the US. Our meteorologists forecasts are very similar to yours."
castro would spend hours in front of the mirror practicing mussolini's speeches and gestures.
if you look at castro w/ the sound off, and mussolini w/ the sound off, the resemblance is striking.
A Prison? Nonsense! If it were, this man would have told us.
How could it be so bad if Jimmah Cahtah and Dan Rather are fans of Fidel ?
Vaclav can kiss the Nobel Peace Prize good-bye because he criticized Castro's communist island dungeon. Havel is out of the running now with the left-wing socialists that hand out that now worthless prize. The UN's Hans Blix and Mohamed el-Barthedoor are the favorites because the Peace Prize judges want to stick it in President Bush's eye.
Yeah, you can swim with dolphins in Cuba! I can't be THAT bad....can it?