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Sarah Ludford: Outrage of EP honouring Francoist jointly with Havel

January 17, 2012 4:32 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Sarah Ludford commented:

"Havel's democratic and human rights credentials underpinned his whole life, while Fraga never renounced or apologised for the repressive standards of the Franco regime he served. Linking the two was a cheap trick, presumably to head off an MEPs' protest."

"Buzek has done some good work as President, and it is a pity for him to go out on a sour note. But the suspicion that he orchestrated this twinning deliberately to please his political friends is confirmed by his airbrushing of Fraga's fascist past out of his tribute."

"The EU was founded as a reaction to the horrors of dictatorship. It is an insult not just to Havel's memory, but to that the millions of people who suffered and died at the hands of authoritarian regimes like Franco's."