Monday, December 7, 2015

Quo Vadis Cuba? (25. 11. 2015): Rosa Maria Payá at the Václav Havel Library

"Totalitarianism does not tolerate participation. The ability of such a caste to govern depends on repression at all levels against those whose opinions and initiatives differ from those of the official elite." - Rosa Maria Payá

Rosa Maria Payá is the daughter of Oswaldo Payá Sardinas, one of the leading Cuban dissidents, author of the Valera Project, a friend of Václav Havel, who died in a car accident in 2012 under strange circumstances that have never been properly investigated.

Rosa Maria continues in the struggle for freedom of Cuba in the footsteps of her father and is now a member of a coordinating Commission of Cuban democratic opposition. The conversation in English about the future of Cuba was introduced and facilitated by Martin Palouš, President of the Václav Havel Library Foundation and Director of Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy at Florida International University.

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