Castro regime’s prisoners pardon: The devil is not only in the details

By John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Castro Regime’s Prisoners Pardon:The Devil is not only in the details

Some of the names not on the list
Innocent but imprisoned Cuban artists not on the list of pardoned prisoners

The Castro regime announced on September 11th that “it plans to pardon 3,522 prisoners over the next 72 hours as a ‘humanitarian’ gesture.” However, a number of factors point to a public relations maneuver with the dictatorship’s nature remaining unchanged.

  • First, Capitol Hill Cubans pointed out the timing of the sentencing of Leopoldo López Mendoza on September 10th by Havana’s puppet regime in Caracas and the September 11th announcement. This is a coordinated, diversionary tactic.
  • Secondly, Cuban dissident Antonio Rodiles observed over twitter that “the Cuban regime equates rapists and pedophiles with free thinking, civically engaged people and concludes asking: “Where are the changes?” This pattern of seeking to slander nonviolent dissidents stretches back decades in Cuba and presently it can be seen in action in Venezuela. 
  • Third, the Cuban dictatorship published a list of the 3,522 prisoners to be pardoned and no political prisoners are present, including those only charged with “dangerousness.” 

 However, although not on the list, Andres Frometa Cuenca jailed on May 12, 1992, when he was 15 years old, for trying to “illegally leave” Cuba and being disrespectful of the regime appears to have been released.  Andres’s name is not found in the June 2015 list of 71 political prisoners identified by the Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation.

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1 thought on “Castro regime’s prisoners pardon: The devil is not only in the details”

  1. I suppose it’s conceivable that (some) political prisoners are being “reserved” for release to make it look like it was the pope’s personal doing, just as Ortega was previously credited with “freeing” political prisoners who were carted off to Spain, meaning forced into exile. Castro, Inc., as always, will use anyone or anything it can for its own ends, and when people prove willing to be used (or to be useful), so much the better–for Castro, Inc.

    Just remember: Esto es todo un pan amasado–it’s all a very carefully scripted show. And yes, those who’ve chosen to play along with the Castro regime are effectively complicit with it, regardless of what they think they’re doing or expect to accomplish. Alas, that includes the titular Vicar of Christ. Lord have mercy.

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