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Havel, Aznar say tyranny continues in Cuba, call for changes

Havel, Aznar say tyranny continues in Cuba, call for changes

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel and former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar said Cuba remains subject to "tyranny" after Fidel Castro's resignation and called on the new Cuban president to make democratic changes.
"Sadly, Fidel's abdication has not been meant to give way to a pluralistic democracy ... but to perpetuate tyranny on the island," Havel and Aznar said in a statement released late Tuesday by the Prague-based International Committee for Democracy in Cuba.
"This is unacceptable."
The committee was formed in 2003. Its members also include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and other former politicians from around the globe.
"We would like to encourage the new president and the new members of the Cuban government to implement as soon as possible the real changes that their nation needs," the statement said.
It said Cuba's people deserve to live in a pluralistic democracy.
Cuba's parliament named Raul Castro president on Sunday, ending nearly 50 years of rule by his brother Fidel. The change was not expected to shake the island's communist system.
Havel, himself a longtime political prisoner under the former Czechoslovak communist regime, has repeatedly expressed support for Cuban dissidents. He made the fight for human rights a centerpiece of his 14-year presidency.


Updated : 2020-12-02 18:28 GMT+08:00