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Political prisoners being released in Cuba, ..there's always a reason..whats this one?

HAVANA – The Roman Catholic Church said Wednesday that Cuba's communist government has agreed to free 52 political prisoners and allow them to leave the country in what would be the island's largest mass liberation of dissidents in decades.

Five would be released in a matter of hours and planned to head into exile in Spain, while the remaining 47 would be liberated in "a process that will take three or four months starting now," according to the statement by the office of Havana's Roman Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal Jaime Ortega.

The deal was announced following a meeting between President Raul Castro and Ortega. Also participating was visiting Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos and his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 5:45 PM on Jul. 7, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I wonder if this is Raoul's way of attempting to show he is not Fidel.

    It's good to see.

    Answer by LiliM at 2:12 AM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • Now that is good news!

    Answer by mancosmomma at 5:59 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I don't know the reason, but it's nice to hear.

    Answer by Bezu at 6:27 PM on Jul. 7, 2010


    The scope of the agreement "is a surprise," said Elizardo Sanchez, head of the independent Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation. "We were hoping for a significant release of prisoners, but not this."

    Ortega's office said that those to be released were all members of a group of 75 leading political opposition activists, community organizers and journalists who report on Cuba in defiance of state controls on media. They were rounded up in a crackdown on dissent in March 2003.

    "I'm so excited," said Laura Pollan, whose husband, Hector Maceda, was one of the 75, and had been serving 20 years in prison for treason — but now could be headed home soon.


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 5:45 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • bump for later to read.

    Answer by itsallabtthem84 at 6:01 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • Interesting. That's a step in the right direction, especially for the innocent journalists.

    Answer by parrishsky at 7:14 PM on Jul. 7, 2010