While New York Times Lauds Castro, Four Political Prisoners Handed Long Sentences

Thursday, October 16, 2014
This week's New York Times editorial shamefully lauded the Castro dictatorship, stating that "in recent years officials have released political prisoners who had been held for years."

Of course, it forgot to mention that the political prisoners it's referring to -- from the "Black Spring" of 2003 -- were not "released". They were banished from their homeland.

Moreover, it omits any mention of all those who are still serving long prison terms, as well as new political prisoners who have been arrested in recent years and remain arbitrarily imprisoned.

Ironically, just this week, the Castro regime sentenced Cuban rapper Angel Yunier Remon (known as "El Critico" -- "the Critic") to a six-year prison term.

It also sentenced democracy activists, Alexander Otero Rodriguez, to a five-year prison term, and Rudisnei Villavicencio Figueredo, to a four-year prison term.

Finally, former law student, Yohannes Arce Sarmiento, was handed a three-year sentence, for protesting with anti-regime signs.

All of them are members of the opposition group, the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU).

Once again, allow us to reiterate:

These democracy activists were sentenced on the very same week that The New York Times shamefully white-washed Castro's repression.