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In Depth (Castro’s Cuba) #728495

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 15, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The iron grip of Fidel Castro that is causing many Cubans to attempt to flee featured; details given of Castro’s crackdown on dissidents, including the jailing of poet Raul Rivero††; scenes shown of a US Coast Guard boat with captured refugees off the Florida Keys. [Rivero’s wife Blanca RIVERO†† {thru translator} – says prisoners are unjustly jailed.] [Human rights leader Elizardo SANCHEZ†† {thru translator} – says treatment in prison is subhuman.] [Cuban diplomat Dagoberto RODRIGUEZ†† – denies allegations that Castro is trying to provoke a crisis with the US.] Pressure on President Bush to tighten the trade embargo against Cuba, despite a bill introduced in Congress that would lift travel restrictions, noted. [CONGRESSMAN‡- says allowing tourists to visit Cuba would cause Castro to lose some control.]

(NOTE – Local weather bulletin on screen.)

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea

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