Raul Garcia breathed freedom for the first time in more than 20 years, yesterday.
The 59-year-old Cuban refugee’s effort to regain his freedom started with a hunger strike in prison and ended yesterday afternoon in a river of tears, hugs and kisses outside the Supreme Court.
At 3:35 p.m., a smiling Garcia raised his arms in triumph and stepped into bright sunlight and spoke to a throng of reporters as a free man for the first time.
An emotional Garcia wiped away tears and thanked Barbadians for their support, promising to speak in more detail at a formal press conference within the next few days.
Garcia was released into the custody of an elderly couple from St John, who were also at the court, but opted not to be involved in the hearty celebrations.
Here, a happy Garcia making his way from the court. (BA)