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    CUBAN DENTIST, A PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE IN CUBA, GRAVELY ILL,CLAIMS HE PREFERS TO DIE RATHER THAN RENOUNCE HIS IDEALS

    CUBAN DENTIST, A PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE IN CUBA, GRAVELY ILL
    CLAIMS HE PREFERS TO DIE RATHER THAN RENOUNCE HIS IDEALS

    Camaguey
    Testimony of Rebeca Rodriguez Sauto
    Taped, transcribed, and translated into English
    Coalition of Cuban-American Women
    Laida Carro / Tanya Wilder
    La Nueva Cuba
    April 25, 2006

    On April 18, 2006, Rebeca Rodriguez Sauto went to Kilo 7 Prison in the
    province of Camaguey for a family visit, which is permitted every 45
    days, with her husband, Dr. Alfredo Pulido Lopez, and found that his
    health has significantly worsened.

    Dr. Pulido, a prisoner of conscience, continues to lose weight,
    according to Rebeca. He is now at least 20 pounds under what he weighed
    when he was incarcerated in 2003. She had never seen her husband so
    depressed and psychologically distraught. According to the Cuban
    dentist’s testimony, his condition is related to the fact that ‘the
    situation in prison is very serious because there is a lot of aggression
    among the prisoners,’ and he pointed out that a few days beforehand, one
    prisoner had killed another. ‘We are constantly under inspection. They
    call those of us that are political prisoners ‘counter-revolutionaries’
    and treat us like common criminals.’

    Chronic bronchitis and a lack of air also affect Dr. Pulido’s health,
    and recently, dark bruises of an unknown origin have appeared on his skin.

    The prisoner of conscience told his wife that because of the serious
    illnesses from which he suffers, the authorities should have granted him
    a medical parole some time ago, and he added that they will not grant
    him release “because my convictions are firm, and I make them quite
    clear.” Dr. Pulido stated that he has no real reason to ask for a
    medical parole since he is an innocent man to begin with and what the
    Cuban authorities really have to give him is FREEDOM. He continued
    telling his wife, ‘I am more firm in my convictions every day. I am not
    going to renounce them. They (the prison authorities) know that my
    health is affected. They can do what they want.’

    Rebeca Rodriguez Sauto stated that her husband told her the reason he
    believed that in 2003 the authorities in Cuba tried and incarcerated him
    along with 74 other Cuban citizens who peacefully expressed their
    independent ideas on the island: “the objective is to eliminate us
    physically.”

    Dr. Pulido, 46, practiced dentistry for 22 years until 1998 when he was
    expelled from his clinic for linking himself to the dissident movement
    through the Christian Liberation Movement. In 2001, he began to work as
    an independent journalist in Camagüey, and he is a Master Mason as well.
    He was detained on March 18, 2003, and sentenced in a summary trial to
    14 years in prison under Article 91 of the Cuban penal code and Law 88,
    also known as the Gag Law. He is confined to a barrack with 100 common
    prisoners, many of whom are condemned for murder, in Kilo 7 Prison in
    Camagüey.

    We make an urgent request to dignitaries of democratic nations, to human
    rights organizations, to religious, civic, and political leaders, to the
    international press, and to men and women of good faith in the world to
    demand that the Cuban government grant unconditional freedom and
    immediate release to Dr. Alfredo Pulido Lopez and all those in Cuba
    imprisoned for exercising fundamental freedoms.

    Testimony of Rebeca Rodriguez Sauto given by telephone from Cuba. Taped,
    transcribed, and translated into English.Coalition of Cuban-American
    Women / LAIDA CARRO / TANYA WILDER

    E-mails: Joseito76@aol.com / tswilder@charter.net

    Rebeca Rodriguez Sauto: Address: Palomino #445 entre Linea y Primera,
    Reparto La Mascota, Camaguey, Cuba. Tel: + 53-32-25391

    http://www.lanuevacuba.com/nuevacuba/notic-06-04-2570.htm

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