Castro first prisoner release
Optimism in opposition to the release of Ariel Sigler for health reasons, and the relocation of six dissidents.
Sun, 13/06/2010 - 05:10
As confirmed MILLENNIUMAriel Sigler Amaya, 47, who was serving 20 years in prison and have since 2008 polyneuropathy and other ailments that prevent mobility, was transferred by ambulance in the early hours of Saturday from a public hospital in Havana, to his house in Pedro Betancourt, a village in the western province of Matanzas.
"I will not leave any time to fight for freedom and democracy in Cuba, I will keep fighting because our brothers who were in prison go free," Sigler said in his family home.
They were also relocated to prisons in their home areas Héctor Fernando Maceda -25 years in prison and her husband, Omar Moisés Ruiz Pollan, Efren Fernandez, Jesus Mustafa Felipe, Juan Carlos Herrera and Juan Adolfo Fernández. "This is a step forward thanks to the church (...) but we want the release of all prisoners," he told this newspaper Labrada María Laura Pollan, a daughter of the leader of the Ladies in White, although the holder of the illegal Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, Elizardo Sanchez, played down the significance of the gesture.
"This media effects in order to whitewash the image of the government, so the dosage in the movement of prisoners, to have more impact in the press," said Sanchez, while Oscar Espinosa Chepe, one of the 22 opposition seats released in the last two years for health reasons also described as "important" the new movement of government.
The psychologist dissident Guillermo Fariñas, who is currently serving 110 days of strike by the release of "26 sick prisoners, described as" a matter hopeful "for release, but he reminded the government that lacks for 25 other humanitarian gestures", in reference to other sick prisoners whose freedom claims.
On June 1 the government relocated the first six dissidents which now number twelve the prison carried close to their homes, the total of 17 that the opposition says would be in remote locations, "adding an additional burden of punishment to their families" .
According to the dissident Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), Ariel Siegler is a member of Alternative Option movement.
Young athletic man who even practiced amateur boxing, Siegler ill in prison and suffered a "deficiency neuropathy, so you need a wheelchair. According to the dissent, his brother Guido, 57, is very ill.
M.J. Somoza / EFE