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Divide and conquer

Two of the released Cuban dissidents forcibly exiled in Spain will be relocated to Malaga, Spain, according to a news report. The Spanish government claims there is just not enough space in Madrid for these two men and their families.

Cuban Dissidents Ruiz and Pacheco Agree to Be Transferred to Malaga

MADRID – Cuban dissidents Omar Ruiz and Pablo Pacheco, who arrived in Madrid with their families last Tuesday, agreed to be transferred to Malaga in keeping with the plan coordinated by the Red Cross and the Spanish Committee to Aid Refugees, or CEAR, and on Monday they will travel to that city in southern Spain.

Officials with the Spanish Federation of Cuban Associations confirmed Sunday to Efe the decision and added that another unnamed dissident might also agree to be transferred, although all had expressed their preference to remain in Madrid to be able – jointly – to make publicly known the situation they experienced during their seven years of imprisonment in Cuba.

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The sources added that the Spanish government had informed the dissidents that it would be necessary to distribute them to other locations so that nine other prisoners – and their relatives – could be housed temporarily at the center upon their arrival, scheduled for Tuesday, July 20, in Madrid.

The Spanish government claims that these two prisoners of conscience have "agreed" to the transfer, just like, I imagine, these men all "agreed" to be deported and eternally exiled from their own country.

It is disturbing that the Spanish government is being so carelessly obvious in their apparent attempt to divide these men and quiet them. The hope of the Cuban dictatorship, which Spain seems all too happy to make a reality, is that by shipping these men off into further exile, their voices lose the power of unity and become just another distant scream from the wilderness.

Amazing how a government the size of Spain is pushed around and manipulated by a tinpot dictator on an island in the Caribbean.

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