Cubans exiled: spanish opposition accused socialist government of “simpathy with dictatorship of Havana”.
The cuban dissidents Pablo Pacheco and Omar Ruiz, accompanied by relatives.
There is a growing national debate in Spain, related to the imprisoned cubans recently released by the Castro´s regime. From being prisoners of conscience in Cuba, the cubans are now in the middle of a struggle between the spanish socialist government and the opposition party Partido Popular. Using the cuban issue, the opponents challenge now the Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. The Spanish official was who negotiated the release of the prisoners, along with the catholic archbishop of Havana, Jaime Ortega.
Madrid hosted the 14 cubans, but most part of them does not want to leave the capital and refuse to be transferred to other spanish provinces.
Six cubanos have already been moved to Malaga, Cullera (Valencia), Gijón (Asturias) and Sigüenza (Guadalajara.)
In addition, the responsible for Foreign Affairs of PP, Jorge Moragas, criticized the Government for its “sympathy” with the “dictatorship of Havana.” “Moratinos has devoted six years to be the spokesperson for the Castro regime in the European Union,” he said in a telephone interview with the spanish newspaper El Pais. According to the newspaper, the dissidents have a very good political relationshiop with the spanish PP party, and not as good with the socialists. They -the cubans- believe that the PP is “the one that best protects the interests of the dissidents.” Former cuban political prisoners prisoners have met in the past two weeks with the president of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, and former Prime Minister José María Aznar, who met them at the FAES, both from the PP.
Five other dissidents in the coming days will travel to Spain, as announced by the cuban association “Las Damas de Blanco” (ladies related to the imprisoned cuban political prisoners). These are: Regis Iglesias, Fabio Prieto, Efren Fernandez, Marcelo Cano, and Juan Carlos Herrera, members of the so called “Group of 75” with sentences of 12 to 20 years in prison.