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Castro spars with reporter over political prisoners question

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 00:54

In a testy response to a reporter's question about Cuban political prisoners, President Raul Castro demands the reporter give him a list of the alleged prisoners on the island. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Cuban President Raul Castro struck back on Monday (March 21) against a reporter who had asked the Communist leader about political prisoners on the island. "What political prisoners? Give me a name or names," Castro said angrily, when asked why his country had Cuban political prisoners and why he wouldn't release them. "Or when this meeting concludes, you can give ma list of political prisoners and if there are those political prisoners, before the night arrives, they will be released." The face-off between Castro and CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta came during a joint news conference with Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama is on a historic visit to the Communist island, the first by a U.S. president in almost 90 years. The trip would for decades have been unthinkable but became possible after secret talks led to a 2014 agreement to normalize relations between the two Cold War-era foes. The opening ended decades of U.S. efforts to force Cuba to change through isolation. But Obama is under pressure from critics at home to push Castro's Communist government to allow political dissent and further open its Soviet-style economy.

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Castro spars with reporter over political prisoners question

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 00:54