Cuban dissident: persecution as bad as in days of Fidel

Speaking on a week-long visit to Prague, the well-known Cuban blogger and dissident Yoani Sanchez said the changes implemented by President Raul Castro did not go far enough and should not hoodwink the world. She said persecution of the opposition was just as intensive as it had been under the previous leader, Fidel Castro, and that there had been no decline in the number of political prisoners or let-up in censorship. Ms. Sanchez, who is on an extensive international tour, has been able to travel thanks to an ease in restrictions introduced by Havana last month.

Author: Ian Willoughby