More dissidents arrive in Spain from Cuba

Three more Cuban political prisoners arrived in Madrid yesterday, bringing the number who have been released into exile under Cuba's pledge to free dissidents jailed in the country since 2003 up to 23.

The trio arrived by plane accompanied by 15 family members and were taken to a hotel in the capital's outskirts, where they were helped by Spanish Red Cross workers. Another three dissidents are due to arrive in Spain in the coming days.

A total of 20 other dissidents were flown to Spain in separate groups last month.

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