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Varied riots occupying left-wingers in Havana in case of importance (8)

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historic

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'in havana in case of importance' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'varied riots occupying left-wingers' is the wordplay.
'varied' indicates an anagram.
'occupying' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'left wingers' becomes 'hic' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'riots' is an anagram of 'stori'.
'stori' placed inside 'hic' is 'HISTORIC'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for historic that I've seen before include "Redolent of past glories", "Memorable", "Epoch-making", "Significant", "Of significance in the past", "Important and/or old", "Very important or famous", "Important, from the past", "Pertaining to what is important in the past" and "remarkable".)

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