From Today’s Herald via the AP:
Ambassador: No reprisals for Cuban boxers
The two Cuban boxers who abandoned their national team at the Pan American Games are not being subjected to reprisals from their government, according to the Cuban ambassador in Brazil.
Pedro Nunez Mosquera told Brazilian Bar Association president Cezar Britto on Tuesday that the boxers and their families are living free in Cuba, without any restrictions on what they can do.
Britto said the association wanted to make sure the boxers were not at risk.
”I asked how [the boxers] were and he guaranteed to me that they were free, with their families, and that there were no threats to arrest them,” Britto said
(I Emphasize “free”)
This means that the two boxers, two-time Olympic bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and 2005 welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara are free to suffer no more “reprisals” than the rest of the captive Cuban population.
It means that they are free to struggle everyday to “resolver” their daily bread, that they are free not to freely associate or talk to foreign reporters, free not to work in their chosen profession, free not to vote, free not to travel, free not to relocate or travel within the island without the regime’s permission, etc, etc..
Additionally, if they don’t do and say as they are told, they’re free to wind up in one of castro’s cells.
… Just like everybody else in Cuba.