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Cuban dissidents were tricked to accept Spanish exile, reporter writes

Catholic World News - June 13, 2011

Wall Street Journal columnist Mary Anastasia O'Grady writes that when Cuban dissidents were freed from prison and allowed to travel to Spain, their departure represented a propaganda victory for the Cuban government--especially because Spain has refused to give the exiled Cubans the status of political refugees.

Released from prisons where they lived in degrading conditions, the Cuban dissidents were asked to accept exile in Spain, O'Grady reports--adding that Havana's Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino, who brokered the deal with the Castro regime, pressed them to accept the deal. "Once in Spain, they realized they'd been had," she writes. The former prisoners have no formal documents, no diplomatic standing, and no opportunity to denounce the regime that treated them so brutally.

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