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Cuba bans Czech Embassy’s independence celebration in Havana

2005-10-31 / Max Berre

Cuban authorities banned a reception celebrating the 87th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, which was to be held in a Havana hotel on Friday 28 October. Cuban authorities informed the Czech chargé d'affaires in Havana that the event was considered counter-revolutionary, and could not be held in the hotel. The reception was at the last moment moved to the residence of the chargé d'affaires and was very successful.

About 20 Ladies in White attended the celebrations, as well as other opposition leaders and several European ambassadors. No Cuban officials attended the event. The Czech Embassy, together with other European embassies, regularly invites members of the democratic opposition as well as Cuban officials to the celebrations of national holidays.

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