Nobel Prizes: Cuba reacts with distaste

2010-10-09 20:50

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Havana - Cuba expressed its distaste on Saturday for the selection of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa for Nobel prizes, respectively for peace and literature.

"Let's hope it's just one of those ideological broadsides that the once prestigious honour has delivered over the course of its history, and not a new rule," said Cubadebate.cu, a government website.

A better choice than Liu for the Nobel Peace Prize would have been Bolivian President Evo Morales or the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who waged a decades-long campaign to account for the fates of relatives kidnapped during Argentina's military dictatorship, it said.

There is "no difference at all" between Liu, 54, and "the type of 'dissident' that the United States has been designing for decades to use ... as fifth columns in those countries that they disagree with because those countries dissent from (the US) hegemony," the article said.

China is one of the Cuban government's closest allies.

Cubadebate also had choice words for Vargas Llosa, 74, who in his youth sympathised with Fidel Castro but broke with the regime in 1971 when it jailed dissident poet Heberto Padilla.

The Peruvian author "should have received the award many years ago, when ... he was more of a writer than a politician."

But this "leftist apostate" is "one of the most reactionary ideologues of these times", it said.

While Vargas Llosa has never held elected office, he ran for president of Peru in 1990 as the candidate of a coalition of right-wing parties but was defeated by Alberto Fujimori.

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