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A Cuban Labor Activist's Courage

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Post criticized President Obama for not inviting to the White House Bertha Atúnez, who accepted the Democracy Award, which honored five Cuban leaders of the pro-democracy movement who are imprisoned in Cuba ["A Dissident Deflected," editorial, June 25]. I share your outrage.

But the Post failed to mention a most courageous honoree, a leader of the Cuban independent labor movement, Iván Hernández Carrillo, who is serving a 25-year prison term since his arrest in 2003. Mr. Hernández Carrillo is imprisoned for the "crime" of organizing unions not beholden to the communist-controlled Cuban Labor Confederation.

Mr. Hernández Carrillo is one of seven other labor leaders imprisoned for the same "crime."

The Post should have acknowledged that labor activists in Cuba also risk their lives for freedom.

JACK OTERO

Secretary

Committee for Free Trade Unionism

Washington

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