Dissidents say their release marks 'new stage' for Cuba
Seven Cuban dissidents who arrived Tuesday in Madrid said in a joint statement that their release marks "the start of a new stage for the future of Cuba."
Reading out the statement at Madrid airport, Cuban journalist Julio Cesar Galvez said: "This signifies the start of a new stage for the future of Cuba and all Cubans."
"We hope that those who remain in Cuba will enjoy the same freedom as we do," he added, referring to political prisoners still held on the Caribbean communist island.
Galvez, 65, also underlined "the important participation of the Cuban church" in securing his release and that of his six counterparts.
The seven dissidents -- who flashed V-for-victory gestures at the end of a brief press conference -- were the first of 52 to be freed under an agreement that will see the biggest release of Cuban political detainees since Raul Castro took over power from his brother Fidel Castro four years ago.
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