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    Almodovar signs petition to free Cuban political prisoners

    Almodovar signs petition to free Cuban political prisoners
    (AFP) – 6 hours ago

    MADRID — Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar has signed a petition calling
    for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Cuba, his
    production company said Tuesday.

    The Oscar-winning director put his name to the petition entitled "I
    accuse the Cuban government" that was launched on a Spanish on
    Friday, the company, El Deseo, said in a statement.

    Several personalities, including Spanish-Peruvian writer Mario Vargas
    Llosa, are among some 5,000 people who have already signed it.

    The petition calls for "the immediate and unconditional release of all
    political prisoners in Cuban jails and the respect of the exercise,
    promotion and the defence of throughout the world."

    It also condemns the death on February 23 of Cuban Orlando
    , who was "unjustly imprisoned and brutally tortured in Castroist
    prisons and died from a hunger strike while condemning crimes and the
    lack of rights and democracy in his country."

    Another Cuban dissident hunger striker, Guillermo Farinas, was last week
    reported to be in critical condition after losing consciousness in his
    third week of fasting.

    The communist government in Havana argues that the dissidents are being
    manipulated by opponents of Cuba including the US government, and has
    rejected demands for their release.

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