Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Black Spring By the Numbers

30,000 the approximate number of signatures the Varela Project collected.
75* the number of dissidents, independent librarians, independent journalists arrested in
response 5 years ago.
20 the rough average of length of sentence in years imposed on the 75.
55* the number of the 75 remaining in prison.
16 the number released for medical reasons, at least one of whom has died.
4 the number of the 75 released and sent into forced exile, touted as a sign of change.
2 the number of International Human Rights Accords Cuba has signed.

*The numbers do not include Oscar Elias Biscet who was picked up earlier and sentenced to 25 years. He remains imprisoned.

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