May 22, 2005


Cuba dissidents debate democracy (BBC, 5/21/05)

Cuban dissidents have spent the last day of their defiant public meeting in Havana debating democracy bills.

Chanting "freedom" and "democracy now", about 100 dissidents voted for a steering committee to lead the group.

"We are satisfied that each and every one of us has fulfilled our duty to our nation," said Martha Beatriz Roque, the lead organiser of the event.

Cuban authorities did not intervene but had earlier expelled several European politicians who planned to attend.

On the first day, the meeting was attended by about 200 dissidents as well as Western envoys.

The dissidents heard a video message of support from US President George W Bush.

They should start work on a new constitution for a democratic Cuba so we can avoid some of the problems that have plagued post-Saddam Iraq.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 22, 2005 12:00 AM
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