“Why are there Cuban political prisoners in your country?” Acosta asked.
Castro immediately went off on the Cuban-American CNN reporter saying, “Give me the list right now of political prisoners to let go of them. Mention it now, which political prisoners?”
“Tell me the name or the names or when we conclude the press conference you give me a list of the prisoners. And if there are political prisoners then before night falls, they will be free. There!” said the dictator.
Earlier in the press conference Castro also said, “Both countries can cooperate and coexist in a civilized manner that is mutually beneficial and rise above the differences we have and will likely continue to have.”
Issues regarding human rights remain one of the core disagreements between the U.S. and Cuba in spite of normalized relations via the reestablishment of diplomatic ties. Shortly before Obama’s arrival in Havana on Sunday, several protesters from The Ladies In White were violently arrested by Cuban authorities.
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