Obama appeals for political freedoms in speech to Cubans

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Gran Teatro in Havana CubaBy Jeff Mason and Matt Spetalnick HAVANA (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned appeal for political liberties in Cuba, including freedom of expression and religion, as he spoke directly to the Cuban people on Tuesday in a historic speech broadcast throughout the Communist-ruled island. Speaking at Havana’s Grand Theater with Cuban President Raul Castro in attendance in what White House officials touted as a crowning moment of Obama’s visit, Obama extended a “hand of friendship.” He declared that he had come to Havana to “bury the last remnant” of the Cold War in the Americas.

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