7 freed dis­si­dents ar­rive in Madrid

Austin American-Statesman - - WEDNESDAYBRIEFING -

MADRID — Seven for­mer po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers from Cuba smiled and gave vic­tory signs af­ter they and their fam­i­lies were flown to free­dom in Madrid, the first of 52 dis­si­dents Cuba has promised to free in a his­toric pol­icy shift. Cuba reached a deal last week with the Ro­man Catholic Church to re­lease all those still im­pris­oned from a 2003 crack­down in which 75 ac­tivists were jailed.

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