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Leading Cuban activist and wife take surprise trip to Spain


A spokesperson for the Spanish government said Cuban activist Yunior García had flown to Madrid with his wife

García and his wife Dayana Prieto arrived in Madrid at 1:00 p.m. GMT on tourist visas, a spokesperson for the Spanish government told The Associated Press. The official was not allowed to be identified by name in media reports, according to government rules.

Garcia was one of the organizers of a protest Monday in Cuba that was suppressed by government supporters. Organizers complained that their homes were surrounded so they could not get out, while others said they had been warned by Cuban police that they would be arrested if they took to the streets.

García had also wanted to do a solo protest march on Sunday, but was prevented from leaving his apartment building by government supporters.

García, playwright, runs the Archipelago group, an online discussion forum with 35,000 members. Archipelago had said on social media platforms on Tuesday that García and Prieto were missing.

Javier Larrondo, president of Prisoners Defenders, a Spanish NGO promoting freedom in Cuba, said his group was unaware the couple were leaving Cuba.

“We had no idea what was going on,” Larrondo told the AP. “We thought he was wanted as a missing person in Cuba. (…) We do not know whether it is a forced expatriation or not. The government has forced hundreds of people to leave in the past.

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