And then there were seven

Of the 52 prisoners of conscience the Catholic Church announced the Castro regime would free this past summer, 45 have been released from prison. The operative phrase here is “released from prison” since none of these men are free in the true sense of the word. Forty of them have been banished from Cuba and sent into forced exile along with their family members. And the remaining 5, although they were reluctantly allowed to remain in their country, were released on what the Castro regime refers to as “parole.” In other words, although they have been allowed to return to their homes, they remain prisoners of the Castro dictatorship.

No one can argue that from a humane perspective, it is infinitely better to be imprisoned by exile or imprisoned  in one’s home instead of the dungeons of a Castro gulag. But by the same token, no one can argue that any of these men, or the 11-million enslaved Cubans, are free by any stretch of the imagination.

Courtesy of Uncommon Sense, here are the remaining seven:

After the release this weekend of Eduardo Díaz Fleitas, Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez and Angel Moyá Acosta there remain eight seven members of the Group of 75, imprisoned since the “black spring” of 2003, still in jail because of their refusal to accept forced exile as a condition of any parole. Additionally, one of the prisoners Angel Moyá Acosta, is refusing to be released until two seriously ill prisoners, Pedro Argüelles and Librado Linares, are first set free.

To understand the impatience with the prisoner releases consider this. In 2003, it took only a few days to arrest and a few weeks more to try, convict and sentence to lengthy prison terms some 75 dissidents.

But it has now taken more than seven months and counting to release the 52 prisoners that remained in jail when Spain, the Catholic Church and the Castro dictatorship agreed to their release.

The temptation might be to blame typical communist inefficency, but the real reason for the delay is that the regime, with the assistance of its partners in Madrid and in the church, is manipulating the prisoners’ fate until the end.

The eight seven prisoners are:

Pedro Argüelles Morán

Oscar Biscet González

José Ferrer García

Diosdado González Marrero

Iván Hernández Carrillo

Librado Linares García

Félix Navarro Rodríguez