Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Freedom of Speech in Sevilla

I studied at the University of Sevilla in 1998. Anyways:

A group of some 20 leftist youths, members of a "solidarity with Cuba" group, charged into the University of Sevilla's conference room and disrupted a speech by poet and exiled Cuban dissident Raul Rivero on Monday. Rivero called them "a metathesis of Castroism," and the university expressed its "most energetic condemnation of the incidents, provoked by persons from outside the university." The disruptors shouted Rivero down, calling him a "terrorist." Rivero told Libertad Digital, "A year ago, when I came to Spain, something similar happened at the Granada poetry festival. But after they shouted their slogans, I was able to continue speaking. Yesterday was different, because they managed to keep me from expressing my opinion." Rivero declared, "The Cuban government is based on lies and cheap propaganda. That's why it is afraid of words and the truth."


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