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Thursday, 8 July 2010

Cuba agrees to biggest prisoner release in a decade | World news | The Guardian

Cuba agrees to biggest prisoner release in a decade | World news | The Guardian: "Cuba agreed today to the biggest mass release of political prisoners in more than a decade, following a meeting between President Raúl Castro and Spain's foreign minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos.
The Roman Catholic church in Cuba said the government had agreed to free 47 political prisoners and allow them to leave the country.
In a statement, issued by the office of the archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, said that those who had been offered freedom were members of a group of 75 leading political opposition activists, community organisers 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.
Some 54 of those have remained behind bars, most of them serving lengthy prison sentences on charges of conspiring with Washington to destabilise Cuba's political system."

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