I have yet to get confirmation, but I’m told the Cuban government has suspended their “magnanimity” and the political prisoners set to be “released” to Spain today will not be released.
I’m also told the meeting at the US Interests Section with the families of those political prisoners who did not wish to be repatriated has also been suspended.
Will post more as info comes in.
Update: I am also being told that it’s not just those scheduled to be “released” today, but all subsequent releases as well.
Update: AFP is reporting that the prisoners have not made it to Spain for a lack of seats on flights from Cuba, and that the expulsions will continue later this week.
Personally I don’t know if I can put too much stock into the AFP report, but it may very well be true. However, one thing is for certain, you can bet that the regime isn’t taking the news of those “released” prisoners calling on the EU to maintain its stance on Cuba too well.
UPDATE 5:30 pm: The Real Cuba reports that the meeting between dissident families and the US officials did in fact take place.
Dissidents who opt for banishment to Spain may not be able to seek asylum from the US at a later date and will most likely have to go through standard immigration channels if they wish to come to the US.