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January 20, 1999, Cuba Free Press.

FAMILIES OF POLITICAL PRISONERS WRITE TO KING, QUEEN OF SPAIN By Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Last August 12 some Cubans wrote a letter to King Don Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain asking for their intercession with Cuba's president, Fidel Castro, on behalf of their relatives who are political prisoners in Cuba. Since then, the letter was circulated for responses by other relatives of such prisoners and the letter now has more than 500 signatures.

The signers of the letter maintain they represent all the political prisoners in Cuba, a number not made public. The translated text of the letter follows:

Havana, August 12, 1998

To Their Majesties, the Royal Couple of Spain, Don Juan Carlos and Doņa Sofia, at the Palace of Zarzuela, Madrid:

Excellencies:

Please accept our most most cordial and respectful greetings. We who write this, family members of Cuban political prisoners, were made profoundly happy at the news that in the next year we will have the honor of your distinguished visit to our fatherland. Besides honoring us as a nation, that visit provides a fountain of hope that lifts the hearts of so many families that suffer because of having beloved ones deprived of liberty.

Because of that and the recognition of the noble and generous sentiments that distinguish your Majesties, we are sending your this petition entreating you to intercede with the Cuban authorities to request the liberation of our dear ones who are carrying out long and harsh sentences in prisons scattered throughout Cuba.

The families and the Cuban political prisoners leave with you our greatest hopes for the good offices that your Majesties might provide for this humane endeavor.

May God bountifully bless your Majesties as well your dearest ones and all the people of Spain.

With the utmost gratitude and respect,
Families of Cuban Political Prisoners.

Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.


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