Cuban dissident Jose Paneque, who spent seven years in prison in Cuba and now lives in exile in Spain, visited the Slovak Parliament on Tuesday, November 23.
During a meeting with Slovak MPs, Paneque spoke about the current situation in Cuba, about Cuban government policies aimed against the opposition, and about the level of awareness in Cuba about what civil society entails. He views his current life, in freedom but away from Cuba, with mixed feelings. “These are the feelings of a person who is free but, at the same time, the feelings of a person who is in exile,” he said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
According to Tomáš Zálešák, political adviser to Deputy Speaker Pavol Hrušovský, the meeting in parliament was an opportunity to “realise certain things that we sometimes tend to forget about in everyday situations.” He added: “Our experience after 21 years is a certain source of experience for people who are currently fighting for democracy, while their experience reminds us of something as well.”
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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24. Nov 2010 at 14:00