Cuba Politics

Cuban Dissident Miguel Valdes Tamayo released from jail

Posted June 09, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

Associated Press


Cuban political prisoner Miguel Valdes Tamayo gives the victory sign after being released from prison on Wednesday June 9, 2004 in Havana, Cuba. Valdes was sentenced to 15 years in prison and is one of the 75 people arrested during a crackdown on the Cuban opposition in 2003. (AP Photo/Jose Goitia)

Member Comments

On June 09, 2004, publisher wrote:

Another Cuban political prisoner is released. More to come?

Is this Castro’ way of controlling the dissident movement yet allowing it to survive?

After all, Castro himself was jailed by Batista and later freed.

Is the next Cuban president among the jailed or recently released prisoners.

I’ll bet you that Castro would much rather have one of these people (including Oswaldo Paya and others that have not been jailed) take over than for an exile in Miami or an American puppet try to take power.

Castro knows there will be a power struggle after he leaves.

Perhaps he understands that he needs to give all Cuban citizens a chance at the possibilty of being the next President of Cuba.

Who do Cuban citizens want as a successor to El Jefe Maximo? Due to the potential instability, they probably don’t know right now but the talent pool should be diverse so there are choices when the time comes.