Cuba Rejects US Criticism Over Prisoner's Death

By Salon Staff

Published January 21, 2012 5:00PM (EST)

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government is hitting back at Washington for critical statements about the death of a jailed dissident who has been described as a prisoner of conscience on hunger strike.

A statement from the Foreign Ministry calls Wilman Villar's death regrettable, but says it is unusual in Cuba.

It complains that comments by the White House and the U.S. State Department show a permanent policy of aggression and meddling in Cuba's internal affairs.

It also accuses accuses them of hypocrisy, asking where was the U.S. government outcry when an immigrant from India died on hunger strike in an Illinois jail Jan. 3.

The statement was issued late Friday night and signed by Josefina Vidal, the Foreign Ministry's director of North American affairs.

Salon Staff

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