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Alan Gross supporters rally in Washington D.C. to ask Cuba to release the 62-year-old Potomac, Md. contractor,
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Alan Gross supporters rally in Washington D.C. to ask Cuba to release the 62-year-old Potomac, Md. contractor,

Alan Gross, the American government subcontractor, who has been jailed in Cuba for more than two years, was not among the almost 3,000 prisoners recently released by the Cuban government.

Nearly 50 people were at 16th street in Northwest DC holding signs calling for the release of the 62 year old from Potomac, Maryland. His supporters say he was simply helping the the Jewish community in Havana access the Internet. The Cuban government disagrees and sentenced him to 15 years in prison for trying to undermine the "integrity and independence" of that country.

Twnty-nine hundred prisoners have been granted amnesty in a humanitarian effort ahead of the Pope's visit to Cuba next Spring. Judy Gross says it was "heart wrenching" when she heard her husband would not be one of those released.

"It felt like someone stabbed me in the gut," Gross said.

She says the past two years have been extremely difficult for the family. Alan's mother has lung cancer. My older daughter has recovered from breast cancer. We've had to sell the house. It's been emotionally draining.
 
Judy Gross says Alan has lost 100 pounds and is depressed. She says they will not give up until Alan Gross is back home.

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