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Release of Cuban Political Prisoners Only Highlights Communist Repression
Posted By Ray Walser On July 8, 2010 @ 1:30 pm In American Leadership | 3 Comments
The announcement that Cuba’s communist regime intends to free 52 political prisoners  over the next few months raises serious questions that require honest answers by the Cuban government and by those anxious to bestow kudos upon Cuban President Raul Castro for these cosmetic and expedient gestures of leniency.
The releases—if they occur—will lead to additional calls from liberal Democrats and other advocates of normalized relations with communist Cuba to end travel and trade restrictions . Such actions are premature and inconsistent with President Obama’s promise to promote Libertad [liberty]  for Cuba. Permitting a few political prisoners to leave their cells is not necessarily a harbinger of genuine change.
The release of individuals unjustly imprisoned in Cuba’s gulags is welcome news. However, if the system, the laws, and the leaders who locked up the innocent in the first place continue wielding unlimited power, dictating what all Cubans can say and do, and dispense political justice as they see fit, little is gained. The status quo prevails and tyranny triumphs .
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.foundry.org/wp-content/uploads/Castro-Raul-Chavez-10-4-13.jpg
 intends to free 52 political prisoners: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/07/AR2010070705265.html
 at less than 200,: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hvZ6-IAsg4491caeUBhzGVY3o_YAD9GGIKL81
 number of “political prisoners: http://babalublog.com/2010/07/moratinos-diplomacy/
 Elizardo Sanchez: http://cubantriangle.blogspot.com/
 low intensity: http://www.cubasource.org/pdf/CCDHRN%20Reporte%20II%20Semestre%202005.pdf
 short-term detentions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD_coKv5PKU&feature=player_embedded
 immoral act: http://www.desdecuba.com/generaciony/
 end travel and trade restrictions: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/06/AR2010070605164.html
 Libertad [liberty]: http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/05/obama_latin_america_speech_in.html
 tyranny triumphs: http://www.heritage.org/Events/2010/05/Solidarity-with-the-People-of-Cuba-The-Struggle-for-Freedom-Continues
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