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2015 Havel Prize Acceptance Speech

The Americas

Lia Villares accepts the Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent on behalf of Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado at the 2015 Oslo Freedom Forum. Villares, a member of the band Porno Para Ricardo, shares a songthe band wrote in protest of El Sexto’s imprisonment before reciting a letter he penned in prison. El Sexto calls for his fellow countrymen to remember the importance of truth and art, even in the face of repression. He congratulates his fellow Havel laureates, praises the work of his fellow Cuban dissidents the Ladies in White, and dedicates the award to his young daughter in the hope that she will grow up in a Cuba free of censorship.

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