Letting prisoners die is a complete disregard for humanity but could also possibly be a tactic to remove "undesirables" from Cuban society. But why would the Cuban government choose to let them die? The answer rests in present-day Cuba.
On Saint Sylvester night few homes displayed parties or music, at least in Havana. But I felt relief that the year was ending. Of 2011, with its advances overstated by propaganda and its setbacks silenced, once was enough.
There are at least two hundred Cuban prisoners of conscience serving prison sentences for acts defined as common crimes, acts that would not be considered criminal in a country with a different political system, one more tolerant and more plural.
The Black Spring 75, civic fighter Orlando Zapata, political prisoners and those who are disobedient are free. The Cuban regime is today the real prisoner, locked up in the very repression it generates.