Skip to comments.Cuba frees only woman political prisoner
Posted on 07/25/2004 11:47:54 AM PDT by freedom44
HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- Cuba freed on Thursday dissident economist Marta Beatriz Roque, the only woman among 75 people arrested 16 months ago in a crackdown on dissent.
Roque, the most prominent dissident to be released this year by President Fidel Castro's government, was surprised.
"I didn't expect to be let out. I will continue my opposition work. They can't change my ideas," she told reporters at the home of a relative in central Havana.
The 58-year-old dissident said she had spent the last year in a military hospital suffering from diabetes, hypertension and heart problems and was released on health grounds.
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I wouldn't say she's "free." Just went from a little cell to a bigger cell.
She has lost her home and all other belongings. Castro and his regime do this from time to time as a good will gesture to Spain, Mexico, Canada whomever. The fact is that anytime he wants he can jail her again and anyone else that dares to oppose his regime. He let's one go and jails twenty. She is not the only woman politcal prisioner. Castro has a history of jailing women. even pregnant ones. We know of several that have aborted their children due to beatings and malnutition in his jails.
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