Skip to comments.Cuban dissidents rally in Havana
Posted on 05/20/2005 3:23:44 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket
HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- In what organizers called an unprecedented event, dissidents from groups opposed to Fidel Castro's communist regime gathered publicly Friday and chanted "Down with Fidel."
"Freedom! Freedom!" the group of more than 100 delegates cheered in the yard of Felix Bonne, a veteran dissident, in a working-class section of Havana. Castro's regime would not allow the use of a theater or hotel for the assembly.
Participants included members of dissident groups that are sometimes at odds but share the goal of driving Castro from power.
"We think this is the first democratic assembly that has ever been held in Cuba," said organizer and former political prisoner Marta Beatriz Roque of the rare public display of opposition.
A U.S. diplomat brought a videotaped message from U.S. President George Bush, who congratulated attendees on their courage and efforts to build democracy. [snip]
Some participants Friday expressed surprise that the meeting took place at all.
The group called for government reforms and popular involvement in government decision-making. The dissidents also vowed to build relations among civic groups and to "rescue" lost values and traditions.
In papers handed out to media and others, the group said it agreed the meeting was a "big step forward" in the 46-year struggle to get out from under Castro's leadership.
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Why would CNN report this? According to them Castro is a benevolent dictator who provides free health care....
According to the democrats, Castro is as great compassionate leader. Oh, and they have a 95% literacy rate.
The congressional black caucus has condemned the dissidents. Demands they all be jailed.
Here is a one I heard before. When they get to Heaven, St Peter will ask them what noteworthy thing they did in their lives. They will say, we chanted anti Castro slogans in Havana. St Peter will ask when this happened. They will say, oh, about 10 seconds ago.
Well, we got another opportunity for Cuba to demonstrate the efficiency of it's criminal justice system! Last demonstration went from arrest to trial to conviction to execution in SIX DAYS!! That is efficient!
I'll bump to that.
Castro better book some of his idiot hollyweird friends to go down there and tell those people how good they have it with Uncle Fidel.
The world just isn't ready for Castro's kids to ask to stay out past 10 and get the car keys once in awhile. /sarcasm
Castro says, see, see freedom of speech here in Cuba, come world, take a look.
Not, now that the commies know who they are, all will be jailed or executed witin the week.
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