Award of the Sakharov Prize to Guillermo FARINAS, winner in 2010 :
- extracts from the ceremony
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 03/07/2013 First transmission: 03/07/2013
Cuban dissident Guillermo FARIÑAS was in the European Parliament in Strasbourg to receive the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, after he was barred from travelling in 2010 when the prize was awarded. Guillermo FARIÑAS has carried out a restless battle freedom of speech in Cuba as a political dissident. The Parliament praised FARIÑAS as a symbol of the fight for freedom of speech.
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||Exterior shot of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
||Arrival of Guillermo FARIÑAS, Sakharov Prize Winner 2010 and audience (4 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) Gianni PITTELLA (S&D, IT) Vice-President of the European Parliament: "Dear Guillermo, I can assure you that the European Union and this Parliament will stand by the Cuban people and their aspiration for democracy and we'll always speak out our strong support for freedom of thought in Cuba as, indeed, everywhere in the world."
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) Gianni PITTELLA (S&D, IT) Vice-President of the European Parliament: "You are a good example of one of those who are making history, history of the inalienable right to respect dignity and freedom. And that is why we awarded you the Sakharov Prize, the prize for the Freedom of Thought. You have been able to speak out in very difficult circumstances, we look forward anxiously to the day when all Cubans and all citizens of the world will be allowed to speak out freely without fear of repression."
||Guillermo FARIÑAS receives the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2010 from Gianni PITTELLA, Vice-President of the European Parliament (6 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Guillermo FARIÑAS, Sakharov Prize Winner 2010: "I stand before you today because of this woman (his mother), because my mother made me the person who I am today. It's thanks to her and I want to give my thanks to her." (Applause and a close shot of his mother)
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Guillermo FARIÑAS, Sakharov Prize Winner 2010: "Day is awakening in Cuba now. Yesterday, and many days before that, we know that in the future too, there will still be arrests, there will be threats, there will be harassment, it will continue. What we have experienced has been a long road, a road full of bitterness, but also a road with great satisfactions. We have risked our lives for this cause and we will not hesitate to do that again. Because we believe that what is at stake here, in terms of our destiny, is not just a political or economic equation, but the basic foundation of life and human coexistence, namely freedom. "
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Guillermo FARIÑAS, Sakharov Prize Winner 2010: "With my hunger-strikes I contributed to the release of 114 political prisoners and their families, they were able to leave. But with their ultimate sacrifice, these martyrs to whom I just referred made it possible for me to be here today and that has put the regime that oppresses us in a difficult position in the eyes of international public opinion. Now, that is our power, a power based on our determination to exercise our rights all the way to the ultimate consequences."
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Guillermo FARIÑAS, Sakharov Prize Winner 2010: "I accept this award on behalf of all those who have made this journey possible in time and in space because I am firmly convinced that our struggle goes way beyond our own limitations as human beings. We want to bring back the sense of service to politics and that can only be achieved through this path that we have chosen, the path of non-violence and human rights."
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Guillermo FARIÑAS, Sakharov Prize Winner 2010: "God bless Europe! God bless Cuba, my homeland! And God bless the world in which we live! Thank you very much! My fist up represents the force of hope, democracy one day in Cuba, that is our hope! Thank you!"
||Ambiance shots with applause and congratulations (10 shots)