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Cuban dissidents out of jail but not entirely free, say dissident leaders

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 01:27

Cuban dissident leaders say many recently freed dissidents remain at the whim of Cuban authorities. Nathan Frandino reports.

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A clash of ideals on the streets of Cuba. Stigmatized by their fellow Cubans, political dissidents freed from jail under an historic U.S.-Cuba deal say they're experiencing a different definition of freedom. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ANGEL FIGUEREDO, DISSIDENT AND EX-PRISONER, SAYING: "It's practically been in style to free prisoners, but that doesn't mean genuine freedom, in any moment they could put me back in prison." The deal freed 53 Cuban prisoners. But one dissident says the prisoners still remain at the whim of Cuban authorities. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ANGEL MOYA, DISSIDENT, SAYING: "They feel tied down by the law and why? Because the fact that they have conditional freedom, the fact that some are on conditional release. The fact that the government can put them back in prison whenever they want weighs on them. They cannot feel good with this because their freedom depends on the willingness of the regime." One group says some prisoners must report to court while others must serve out their terms at home. And some say they were told to stay away from opposition politics.

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Cuban dissidents out of jail but not entirely free, say dissident leaders

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 01:27