Freed Cuban dissidents speak after landing in Spain

The first freed political prisoners from a group of 52 Cubans have spoken for the first time after flying into the Spanish capital.

In a statement issued after they landed in Madrid, the dissidents said exile was a "continuation of the struggle".

The seven men and their families flew to Spain on two commercial flights.

The release of the dissidents, who were jailed as part of a government crackdown in 2003, was brokered last week by the Catholic Church and Spain.

Cuba came under international pressure to free them, after a jailed dissident starved himself to death earlier this year to draw attention to their plight.

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