Writers challenge communist government at Cuban book fair

How about this for gutsy:

César López, a celebrated poet honored along with historian Eduardo Torres Cuevas at this year’s fair (16th International Book Fair in Havana), challenged the communist government’s treatment of intellectuals during a speech that opened the gathering Feb. 8 and was broadcast live on state-run television. In the audience sat provisional president Raúl Castro, Culture Minister Abel Prieto and other top party officials.

The rest of this story is at the Sun-Sentinel’s website. Those who like to think of critics of George Bush as “brave” have no idea what they’re talking about. López and Cuevas could possibly face serious jail time, loss of jobs, loss of housing, loss of real rights. Critics of Bush face… criticism from Bush supporters. And that’s about it.

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