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Sigler given hero's welcome in Miami

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Sigler given hero's welcome in Miami


A former boxer and Cuban dissident Ariel Sigler has arrived in Miami after being freed last month in a deal brokered between the Roman Catholic church and President Raul Castro.

Sigler spent seven years in jail and was defiant on arrival, slipping on boxing gloves with the Cuban flag on them and shouting ‘Down with Communism.’

“I do plan on returning to Cuba because there is little time left for this dictatorship, very little time in power. I think this is a temporary trip because the dictatorship will fall soon,” he predicted.

Sigler was the first of 52 prisoners freed in the deal. So far 20 have been released and have gone to Spain. Sigler is the only one to have gone to the USA.

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