Magazine May 2, 2011, Issue

Voice of the Resistance

On the day of his release (Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty/Newscom)
Dr. Óscar Biscet, in Cuba’s prisons for twelve years, speaks

‘I  need to get to work,” says Dr. Óscar Elías Biscet. Are you familiar with him? He is perhaps the foremost Cuban democracy activist, a symbol of the general resistance to the Castro dictatorship. Has he been neglecting his work? Not exactly. For the past twelve years, essentially, he has been in prison, suffering the things that the regime’s prisoners have always suffered. George W. Bush gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. The recipient could not accept it in person, of course. But he has now been released from prison. The day, so long hoped for, by …

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