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Meeting of youth leaders in Mexico

2005-09-01 / Roisin Joyce

Youth leaders representing more than 15 countries including Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Canada, Czech Republic and Slovakia met in Mexico on 27th August to demonstrate their solidarity with the youth of Cuba and their desire for the conditions of liberty and democracy to be introduced on the island.

The event was organized by the International Committee of Youth for Democracy in Cuba, which was founded on 28 July in Havana by youth leaders from Latin America. A document entitled the Havana Memorandum was developed which condemns Castro's dictatorial regime. The document was signed in Cuba by Fernando Gril from Argentina, Jose Luis Garze and Ricardo Lavin from Mexico, Jorge Canas from Chile, Hipolito Ramirez from Dominican Republic and Jorge Villena from Peru.

During the meeting in Mexico, the Memorandum was formally presented and ratified, and participants added their signatures to the document. The event was attended by former President of Uruguay and ICDC member Luis Alberto Lacalle and the Memorandum recived patronage from a number of ICDC members. Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina, leader of the Cuban Youth for Democracy movement, recently released after serving a 5-year prison sentence, also joined the participants by phone from Cuba. The event received ample news coverage in Mexico.

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