UPDATED, Oct. 26, 2010 — Osvaldo Díaz was released from prison in August 2010.
Cuban political prisoner Osvaldo Ricardo Díaz Sánchez is not a sell-out, even if refusing to submit to the dictatorship's blackmail means increased hardship for himself.
Prison and State Security officials recently tried to pressure Díaz, who has been imprisoned since 2006, to tell two dissidents that they could no longer use the telephone at Díaz's home in Santa Clara to communicate with other dissidents.
Díaz refused, saying the dissidents were his "brothers in struggle," so he was transferred from a work camp about 7 kilometers from his home, to a camp some 70 kilometers away. He also was told not to expect to be paroled anytime soon.
Depending on the report, Díaz, a member of the Independent Democratic Front, is serving a sentence of 5 or 6 years for causing "havoc" or just being a "pre-criminal social danger." One report said he was arrested for "sabotaging" a car belonging to a senior official with the Interior Ministry.
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