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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 21, 2006


Cuba: Three-Year Anniversary of the Crackdown on Activists

Three years ago, the Castro regime unleashed a sweeping crackdown on independent civil society activists, condemning 75 people to sentences of up to 28 years in prison for nothing more than promoting a free exchange of ideas. 

 

Sixty of these activists are still in prison. Fifteen were provisionally released due to medical concerns, but could be re-imprisoned at any time. 

 

Three years after this terrible act, the United States again calls upon the Castro regime to free all political prisoners.  The Cuban people deserve a government committed to democracy and freedom and the full observance of human rights.

 

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Released on March 21, 2006

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