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Cuba Releases two More Dissidents

Posted June 19, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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VOA News
The Cuban government has freed two more of the 75 dissidents imprisoned last year in a crackdown on pro-democracy activists.

The government released Orlando Fundora and Carmelo Diaz Friday for health reasons. Their release brings to four the number from the group who have been set free because of their medical conditions. Miguel Valdes Tamayo was released last week and Julio Valdes in April.

In March 2003, Cuba rounded up 75 activists and sentenced them to between six and 28 years in prison for allegedly plotting with the United States to undermine Fidel Castro’s government.

Also last week, Cuba released four other dissidents who had been jailed since 2002 without trial.

Member Comments

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On June 19, 2004, publisher wrote:

Great news.

VOA news is the ONLY place where we found this story.

Where is the main stream press?

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On June 21, 2004, Dana Garrett wrote:

What is utterly amazing is that probably no one can recall a single instance of the USA ever releasing a political prisoner for health reasons in the last forty years.  As we all know by now, some of the political prisoners in Iraq (who under international law are allowed to resist foreign occupying forces) have died in custody.

Can anyone imagine for a moment the USA government releasing one of the Cuban Five for health reasons without breaking into hysterical laughter? 

Good for Cuba for releasing these men. 

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On June 22, 2004, SonguaCassal wrote:

THANK GOD! It took PLENTY of petitions and world complaints to get these innocent guys out of jail. Especially Carmelo Diaz. Hopefully, one day Biscet will be free too. By the way, this was political pressure and not benevolence.

As for the Cuban five in the US:

Five guilty spies, which by the way there were actually more like ten of them including women. -Why five? Don’t know. Maybe their faces look good on the five points of the star on the Cuban flag. Anyhow, it doesn’t equal the 75 innocent journalists. Now, I do agree that the prisoners in Iraq can compare to what happens in Cuba. However, we can complain about, and even petition to change, the Iraq incident and not worry about being rounded up with 74 other people and be imprisoned for 6 to 25 years.