posted on Monday, July 05, 2010
AFP reports [in Spanish] of actions by the Cuban regime involving the political prisoners in their jails.
"There are many signs from within the prisons. Between 30 and 40 [political prisoners] are being examined by doctors and interviewed [by penal authorities]to find out if they would like to leave the country" Elizardo Sánchez, spokesperson for the [illegal] Cuban Comission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) said to AFP.
Sánchez said that he would not be surprised, "[that] it would be very probable, if a massive release [of prisoners] took place[.] The government already made the political decision, [but] they are delaying its execution for their own convenience."
Both the [Catholic] Church, the dissidence, as well as foreign diplomats in La Habana, expect new releases, mostly those of the 25 gravely ill prisoners whose release is demanded by dissident Guillermo Fariñas, in a hunger strike that this Monday enters its 132nd day and that has put him "in potential danger of death", according to his doctors.
To "accompany" this dialog [the one between Catholic Church, and the Cuban regime initiated on 20 May 2010], [Spanish] Minister of Foreign Affairs Moratinos, will arrive this Monday [today] in La Habana, [in] a visit on which many have put [high] hopes that efforts [toward release] become faster, among those [hopeful] are the Ladies in White, [who are] relatives of the political prisoners.
Beginning with the visit of the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, "it is possible that they will release 10 or 12 prisoners", thinks Laura Pollán, leader of the Ladies in White.
Elizardo Sánchez's statement coincides with [some] versions in the Spanish media, according to which Moratinos is convinced that La Habana will gradually release a large number of political prisoners. According to daily [newspaper] ABC, France and Italy would be willing to receive some of them, although most would depart to the United States.