Castro Regime’s Prisoners Pardon:The Devil is not only in the details
Some of the names not on the list
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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