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Mother of late Cuban dissident asks US to "double" the embargo

Mother of late Cuban asks US to "double" the
Jul 13, 2011, 0:55 GMT

Washington – , mother of a Cuban dissident who died
last year on hunger strike, called Tuesday on the US Congress to
strengthen policies against the communist government of Cuban

'The embargo can never be lifted,' she told Cuban-American legislators
and reporters in Washington. 'Rather, it should be doubled.'

She said tough policies were a way to make the 'murderous' regime disappear.

'We have to close every lock (to the Castros), so they give up power,
because they are stepping on and humiliating a people, and they are the
only ones who are living. They don't care about the people anymore,'
Tamayo said.

Her son, Orlando , was during Havana's so-called 'Black
Spring' crackdown in 2003, classified as a of conscience by
Amnesty International. The Cuban government insists there are no
political prisoners on the communist island.

Zapata died in detention in February 2010, after an 83-day hunger strike.

His death spurred a wave of international criticism of the Cuban
government and was believed to have been key to a round of talks between
Cuban authorities and Roman Catholic Church officials on the island,
leading to this year's release of around 50 imprisoned dissidents.

Tamayo repeatedly denounced harassment by Cuban authorities and arrived
in Miami in early June, along with her husband and several other family

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