Former Cuban political prisoner unsure of U.S. and Cuba relationship

Former Cuban political prisoner unsure of U.S. and Cuba relationship

A former Cuban political prisoner is here in Lubbock. He said he's conflicted about the blossoming relationship between Cuba and the United States. 

Arquimedes Ruiz, a Texas Tech instructor, opposed President Obama's initial talks with Cuba back in December. 
With his wife's return from a trip to Cuba in March, Ruiz said he's gained more perspective on the issue and the 11 million people on the island who Ruiz said have a new-found hope. 

"Thinking about 11 million people who right now have some good feeling about life is a positive thing. It's conflicting for me. On one hand I believe the dictatorship doesn't deserve the opportunity that America is giving," Ruiz said.

Ruiz was a political prisoner for 3 and a half years during the 90's under Fidel Castro's rule. 
The Ruiz family came to the United States as political refugees. 

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