Some opposition activists and movements within Cuba have reacted to the news of the impending release of some political prisoners, and the promise of more releases in the upcoming months.

Guillermo Fariñas, who has been conducting a hunger strike demanding the release of the gravely ill political prisoners, told the Ladies in White via telephone that "I have always said that until they free 12 [political prisoners] and the Catholic Churchs officially informs me of it, I will not abandon the strike" according to Colombian newspaper El Universal quoting the AFP.

Fariñas added: "I’m [still] skeptical. Until our brothers are on the streets, we will not trust [the Cuban] authorities."

Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, the leader of Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (Christian Movement "Liberation"), on an emailed statement thanked the political prisoners for their strength, those Cubans and non-Cubans (including governments and other institutions around the world) who inside and outside the country have shown solidarity for the political prisoners and their families. He demanded the release of all defenders of human rights still in prison.

The leader of the MLC also thanked the Catholic Church, bishops, priests, nuns, monks and lay people who have offered, and continue to offer, comfort and assistance to those in prison and their families.

He said that they "will hail the government's release of the prisoners these prisoners, but [if it is] without conditions, and in a way that they can decide freely about their lives. This must be the first step to promptly free all political prisoners, and to beging the changes that the [Cuban] people wants. And [these] changes mean rights, liberty, reconciliation. We can achieve this [with] all Cubans."

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