Prominent Cuban dissident economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe dead at 72

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Cuban economist and former prisoner Oscar Espinosa Chepe talks to Reuters during an interview in HavanaBy Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) – Oscar Manuel Espinosa Chepe, the dissident Cuban economist whose work was censored by the government, died in Spain on Monday at age 72 after battling chronic liver disease and cancer, his wife announced on Facebook. Espinosa, a soft-spoken man known to friends and colleagues as Chepe, was one of 75 dissidents sentenced to long prison terms in an April 2003 crackdown on the opposition and named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. Espinosa’s health quickly deteriorated in prison and he was paroled for health reasons in November 2004. …

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