Lately, we've heard much more positive language in the media about the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, but, of course, there still are many former exiles and former prisoners who want to be heard on their opposition.
In the article, Valladares describes his being imprisoned for criticizing the government and not complying with demands to support the government.
He says he was jailed in Cuba, "not for what I said, but for what I wouldn’t say: 'I’m with Fidel.' I spent eight of my ensuing 22 years in Castro’s jails naked and in solitary confinement because I refused to wear a prison uniform. I was a conscientious objector, and the regime wanted to mark me as a common criminal."