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Wives of jailed dissidents urge Sheehan to visit Cuba's prisons
ap on Daily Comet ^ | 1/8/07 | Vanessa Arrington - ap

Posted on 01/08/2007 12:18:38 PM PST by NormsRevenge

Wives and mothers of Cuban political prisoners urged U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan on Monday to visit the island's state-run jails during her weeklong trip to Cuba to call for the closure of the U.S.-operated Guantanamo prison.

The Ladies in White, a group of women demanding the release of their loved ones, described what they called "inhumane" conditions at Cuba's prisons in a letter for Sheehan that was sent to international reporters. The group said it was trying to get a copy to Sheehan as well.

"At the same time you and your noble followers fight for the closure of the U.S. prison at the Guantanamo naval base ... just a few miles away at the provincial Guantanamo prison in Cuban territory, peaceful and defenseless political prisoners suffer inhumane conditions, (living) without potable water and with poor nutrition, deficient medical assistance, insects and rodents, limited visits and precarious communication," the letter said.

"We exhort you to visit the prisons of Cuba, chosen randomly, and not those prepared" by authorities, it added.

Sheehan arrived in Havana on Saturday with a dozen other peace activists and plans to attend a human rights conference in the eastern Cuban city of Guantanamo on Wednesday. On Thursday, the group is to hold a protest outside the U.S. Navy's Guantanamo base, where nearly 400 men are being held on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban.

In the letter, the Ladies in White said they are a peaceful group that faces constant harassment from Cuban officials. They also asked Sheehan to meet with them so she "could know this other reality of Cuban society."

Their jailed husbands and sons are among 75 activists rounded up in the spring of 2003 and sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to 28 years. Sixteen of those prisoners have since been released for health reasons, but more than 300 human rights activists, independent journalists and members of outlawed political parties remain behind bars, according to rights groups.

Thursday's protest outside the U.S. military base will coincide with demonstrations around the world to mark the fifth anniversary of the first prisoners' arrival and demand that Washington close the prison.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Cuba; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cindysheehan; communist; cuba; dissidents; jailed; notapeacemovement; prisons; sheehan; socialistutopia; wives

1 posted on 01/08/2007 12:18:40 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
We exhort you to visit the prisons of Cuba, chosen randomly, and not those prepared" by authorities, it added.

Oh goodie maybe she'll disappear into one of them.

2 posted on 01/08/2007 12:20:22 PM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: NormsRevenge

That will be the day that sheehag is going to embarrass fidel.


3 posted on 01/08/2007 12:20:29 PM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: NormsRevenge

"We exhort you to visit the prisons of Cuba, chosen randomly, and not those prepared" by authorities, it added."

Good idea. At night. Unannounced and wearing dark colors. Run if questioned. Thank you.


4 posted on 01/08/2007 12:20:44 PM PST by Sax
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To: NormsRevenge

Sheehan will ignore this but good for these ladies for calling her out on her hypocrisy.


5 posted on 01/08/2007 12:20:53 PM PST by Argus
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To: NormsRevenge

LOL, could you see the images of her being led by a guard to a cell, "sure he's right in there go ahead and look...SLAM! LOL!


6 posted on 01/08/2007 12:20:59 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Obama ... Kinda has the onomatopoeia of a train crashing as it pulls out of the station.)
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To: NormsRevenge

She should be arrested thrown in jail with the pink beast Medea Benjamin when they try toi reenter.


7 posted on 01/08/2007 12:21:55 PM PST by WideGlide (That light at the end of the tunnel might be a muzzle flash.)
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To: K4Harty
LOL, could you see the images of her being led by a guard to a cell, "sure he's right in there go ahead and look...SLAM! LOL!

And then her subsequent demands that the US come and rescue her.

8 posted on 01/08/2007 12:22:18 PM PST by rhombus
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To: NormsRevenge

It doesnt fit the "Cuba good, America bad" template..


9 posted on 01/08/2007 12:22:32 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: OldFriend

"noble followers"? Oh, Cindy Moonbat's fellow islamofascists?


10 posted on 01/08/2007 12:22:55 PM PST by juliej (vote gop)
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To: NormsRevenge

I'm sure Cindy will get right on putting that prison visit on her itinerary. </s>


11 posted on 01/08/2007 12:25:21 PM PST by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - Don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: NormsRevenge
The Ladies in White, a group of women demanding the release of their loved ones, described what they called "inhumane" conditions at Cuba's prisons in a letter for Sheehan that was sent to international reporters. The group said it was trying to get a copy to Sheehan as well.

I wonder if they'll succeed. Sheehan made a big deal out of trying to present a petition to the White House only to be arrested:

She was arrested again yesterday, this time for throwing a bunch of petitions over the White House fence, apparently angry because the Secret Service officers would not take them from her and give them to the President

12 posted on 01/08/2007 12:25:48 PM PST by lowbridge ("I wonder if he's in touch with the critics out there, like Matt Damon, the actor" -Chris Matthews)
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To: NormsRevenge

I'm sure she'll get right on that.........


13 posted on 01/08/2007 12:27:05 PM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: areafiftyone
Benjamin said group members believed they were exempt from U.S. travel restrictions on Cuba because they were traveling as professional human rights activists who will attend a daylong international conference in the Cuban city of Guantanamo on Wednesday, the eve of their protest.

Arrest them upon thier return. Send them to jaiol for many years

14 posted on 01/08/2007 12:29:37 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather.)
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To: areafiftyone

sheehag's new best friend, hugo, will not be amused!


15 posted on 01/08/2007 12:30:44 PM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: NormsRevenge

Let's revoke her passport after she leaves the country!!!


16 posted on 01/08/2007 12:30:54 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: NormsRevenge

I don't think this is on her AGENDA.


17 posted on 01/08/2007 12:31:49 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: areafiftyone

A visit by Cindy??

Haven't the prisoners suffered enough?


18 posted on 01/08/2007 12:33:32 PM PST by JBR34
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To: NormsRevenge

If these good Cuban women expect a nut like Sheehan to draw the appropriate conclusions, they are wasting their time.


19 posted on 01/08/2007 12:35:35 PM PST by driftless2
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To: NormsRevenge
Wives of jailed dissidents urge Sheehan to visit Cuba's prisons

Should this be accompanied by a "holding breath, turning blue alert?" :)

20 posted on 01/08/2007 12:36:33 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: areafiftyone

If only.


21 posted on 01/08/2007 12:37:31 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: USNBandit
lolWhen ya get real Blue, I hear they make good money.
22 posted on 01/08/2007 12:40:00 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: NormsRevenge

Priceless.


23 posted on 01/08/2007 12:42:08 PM PST by tioga
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To: rrrod

ping


24 posted on 01/08/2007 12:43:13 PM PST by wolfpat (If you don't like the Patriot Act, you're really gonna hate Sharia Law.)
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To: wolfpat

She should visit Holguin Prison. This is where women are kept in windowless concete cells three feet wide She might get an idea what real suffering is like. But there is no way that her DGI handlers will let her see anying other than Potemkin Villages. Radio Marti should announce that their plane has Cuban Dissidents on it and are escaping.


25 posted on 01/08/2007 12:49:39 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NormsRevenge
this disingenuous hag , Cindy Sheehan , will never go against her controllers . May she meet with a tiger shark out in the middle of G-bay .
26 posted on 01/08/2007 12:50:08 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: NormsRevenge

Mother Sheehan will be too busy viewing Cuba's "Potemkin Villages" and visiting Castro's sick bed to look at Cuba's gulags. Perhaps she can cut some sugar cane with Elian Gonzalez.


27 posted on 01/08/2007 1:15:15 PM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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Isn't it illegal for Americans to even set foot in Cuba? Arrest Sheehag when she comes back.


28 posted on 01/08/2007 1:32:21 PM PST by wacko rightwinger
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To: NormsRevenge

Now there's someone who REALLY NEEDS to wear a burqua!


29 posted on 01/08/2007 1:40:51 PM PST by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: OldFriend

Sheehan's close cohort and Code Pink honcho, Medea Benjamin, spent part of the 1980's in Cuba. Old Communists are entirely incapable of learning.


30 posted on 01/08/2007 1:41:28 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: NormsRevenge

Bet she and those pink idiots won't do it.


31 posted on 01/08/2007 2:06:38 PM PST by freekitty
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To: NormsRevenge

Cindy probably thinks that the Cuban prisons are a good idea...


32 posted on 01/08/2007 2:28:26 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps (Hi, I'm the DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS! (TM) Ask about franchise opportunities in your area!)
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