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Havana, October 5, 1998, Cuba Free Press.

JOURNALIST, FAMILY MEMBERS, REMAIN IN HOLGUIN PRISON By Ana Luisa López Baeza, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Holguin officials of the Police Instruction Department continue to hold Cuba Free Press correspondent Manuel Antonio Gonzlez, his nephew, Leonardo, and niece, Yoani of the Varona Gonzlez family and political prisoner Roberto Rodriguez, who had been on "conditional" liberty.

Police agents arrested the reporter the night of October 1, apparently on charges of "disrespect" (desacato) of Commandant Fidel Castro. The other three were arrested the following night after the local authorities trucked and bussed in some 2,000 people to stage a major "meeting of repudiatioin," a mob scene, as reported earlier.

The journalist is well known as the grandson of a national martyr, named Lidia Doce. His sister, Ana Virgen Gonzlez Castellanos, mother of the two younger prisoners, reports that two chiefs of the Office of State Security (OSS) identifying themselves as Abel and Frank told her and her mother, Caridad Castellanos Doce, that their behavior in coming days will be a factor in determining the fate of those family members arrested.

According to one source, the family home in San German remains under constant vigilance by military and paramilitary troops. "Every person who dares visit us is intercepted and asked to show their identity card," Ana Virgen said. She also said the outside of their house was whitewashed wherever the letters "down with Fidel" had been painted by the residents in protest of what they considered arbitrary and abusive police power.

Human rights activities said the OSS agents were the promoters and organizers of the mob scene and of the beatings sustained by members of the family of Lidia Doce, remembered as the famous messenger who once helped Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

"Every work center and study hall was required to suspend normal activities so that the people could take part in the meeting of repudiation," sources said. "Even the sugar cane mill called Urbano Noris and the cattle company was shut down."

Ana Luisa López Baeza, Cuba Free Press.


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