Breaking: José Daniel Ferrer Garciá released from prison

Loosely translated from Martí Noticias:

Liberated José Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba

El opositor cubano José Daniel Ferrer, líder de la Unión Patriótica de Cuba. EFE

The opponent José Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), was released on Wednesday morning.

In an interview with Radio Martí, the opponent who remained in pre-trial detention and incommunicado since last August 3 in a prison in Santiago de Cuba accused of “assassination in degree of attempt”, explained that during the family visit he announced his “release Immediate”.

Ferrer explained to the journalist Ivette Pacheco that it is a change of measure.

The leader of UNPACU described as “a scary place” The State Security Operations Unit in Santiago de Cuba, where the 12-day closure was of medieval features.

The opponent who suffers from a chronic gastritis product of his years in prison reported that during the detention he was denied medication for 5 days, “a clear mechanism of torture,” he denounced and added that it is “something very common with our prisoners in the Prisons”.

“The fundamental thing is that one hundred and so many men and women are still in prison in those terrible conditions that I relived in these 12 days and that I lived for 8 years,” stressed Ferrer.

“They decided to set me free thanks to the pressures of many friends in and out of Cuba. Radio Martí playing as always an important and outstanding role. The voices that rise are those that give rise to that they had to take this measure “said the opponent.

Asked if he had been released under some conditioning he responded:

“I do not accept conditions, I have said that the fight for freedom cost is very expensive and is not accepted conditions of the enemy. I do not accept freedom with restrictions” he said.

As for his political activism he announced that he would remain active in Cuba’s struggle for democracy: “I’m going to keep doing what I’ve always done.”

“I will face this process when they decide to take me to court,” he said.

Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the US State Department, as well as opposition groups in and outside Cuba, have demanded the Cuban regime the immediate release of Ferrer Garcia.

José Daniel Ferrer, aged 48 years, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in the well-known spring of 2003. Under an agreement between the Cuban regime and the Spanish government-with the mediation of the Catholic Church-was released in an extrapenal way in 2011.

About three hundred opponents asked the Cuban regime to release the leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), José Daniel Ferrer García in an open letter published on Tuesday.

[Based on an interview by Ivette Pacheco]