The Deportations and Banishment Continue


Cuba’s Archbishop Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino continues to play the role of Castro accomplice, eschewing the example of Christ and embracing the diabolical and vile Castro dictatorship. Acting as the regime’s spokesperson and enforcer, Ortega continues to assist the regime in the deportation and banishment of Cuba’s imprisoned opposition and exerting pressure on the 11 prisoners of conscience who have refused to play along with the scheme hatched by him and Raul Castro.

Four more political prisoners will be transferred from prison to eternal banishment in Spain. None of these individuals were part of the original 52 prisoners of conscience announced last summer, and none of them are part of the 11 courageous members of the opposition that continue to languish in a Castro gulag for their refusal to accept the forced exile being pushed upon them by Ortega and Castro.

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s government has agreed to free four opposition prisoners and send them into exile in Spain, a Roman Catholic Church official said Wednesday, but none of them are among a group of 11 prominent peaceful dissidents jailed since a 2003 crackdown on dissent.

Church spokesman Orlando Marquez said Wednesday that Alexis Borges, Victor Jesus Hechavarria, Osmel Arevalos Nunez and Rodrigo Gelacio Santos are all to be let go in coming days.

Borges is serving a 15-year-sentence for hijacking and is on a list of about 100 political prisoners maintained by Elizardo Sanchez, a well-known Cuban human rights leader. The list contains both violent and nonviolent prisoners jailed for crimes against state security.

Little was immediately known about the other men, but Sanchez told The Associated Press that all three were serving jail terms for violent acts.

Under a deal announced in July by Havana Cardinal Jaime Ortega, Cuba was to free 52 peaceful activists and social commentators detained in the 2003 roundup.

Authorities quickly released 41 of the men, sending all but one of them into exile along with their families. But the process has ground to a halt in recent months, as those who remain behind bars have refused to leave Cuban soil.

“It’s interesting that they are using the wide-open door provided by Spain to rid themselves of prisoners implicated in violence — people who wouldn’t be accepted in any other country — while at the same time keeping the 11 peaceful prisoners locked up,” Sanchez said.

3 thoughts on “The Deportations and Banishment Continue”

  1. I saw a recent photo of Ortega wearing a flaming red sash over black garb. It reminded me of “The Scarlet Letter.” Do the math.

  2. This is the tiny and misleading blurb [see below] that the NY Times had on this latest prisoner release. Of course, deleted is any mention of the fact that the release is in return of a forced exile, or that the prisoners that they are now releasing are not part of the original group of agreed upon prisoners. Compare this to the enormous coverage Posada Carriles is receiving from that Old Gray Hag.

    Ah, New York Times! “ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO PRINT” [chic]

    Cuba: 4 Dissidents Offered Freedom
    Published: February 2, 2011

    Cuba has agreed to release four more political prisoners and send them to Spain, Roman Catholic Church officials said in Havana on Wednesday. President Raúl Castro agreed last July to release 52 political prisoners over a four-month period that ended late last year. Most of the 52 have left for Spain with their families, but several rejected the offer and remain incarcerated.

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