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"Cuba will be free one day," dissident tells Euro lawmakers

Strasbourg, France, Jul 3 (EFE).- Cuban opposition figure Guillermo Fariñas on Wednesday expressed confidence that "Cuba will be free one day" 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. "Three 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," the dissident said.

Cuba dissident Farinas finally picks up 2010 Sakharov prize

Saying "Cuba will be free", dissident Guillermo Farinas on Wednesday finally picked up the European Union's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize -- three years after winning the award. "This fist held high means there will one day be democracy in Cuba," Farinas told the packed European Parliament to a standing ovation as he dedicated the prize to his mother, who also attended the ceremony.

Fariñas: Cubans are being subjected to "social genocide"

Miami, May 13 (EFE).- Cuba's Communist government is carrying out a process of "social genocide" against the island's people, prominent dissident Guillermo Fariñas said Monday in Miami. "The Cuban government is (committing) social genocide because it's been trying to disintegrate and defame the Cuban nation for 54 years," the 51-year-old activist said in an interview with Efe.
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