Jail cell on Wenceslas Square four years after Cuban dissident crackdown
There was an odd sight waiting for passers-by on Prague's Wenceslas Square on Friday - a jail cell, complete with prisoners wearing striped fatigues. It was put there by the Czech NGO People in Need, to remind people of the imprisonment of 75 Cuban dissidents on March 16th, 2003.
"This was started after March 2003, when 75 journalists and opposition politicians were jailed in Cuba in a massive crackdown. Since then, we've been doing this in solidarity with them. So we try to sit in the jail so they would not have to spend so much time in their jail themselves."
One of the first to climb into the cell was former student leader Jan Bubenik, who was arrested in Cuba along with former MP Ivan Pilip in 2001, after trying to pass materials to Cuban dissidents. Jan Bubenik has first-hand experience of a real Cuban prison cell:
People in Need say they'll continue to hold the event on Wenceslas Square until the dissidents are released. They might be waiting some time. There were reports on Friday that Fidel Castro will stand for another term as president next year. At the same time, the eyes of the world's media are focused on a rather different detention centre in Cuba - the American prison camp for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay.