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Havana, October 9, 1998, Cuba Free Press.

POLITICAL POLICE CONTINUE TO HOLD HEIRS OF LIDIA DOCE FAMILY Por Ana Luisa López Baeza, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Holguin Political Police have transferred Manuel Antonio Gonzlez Castellanos and Leonardo Varona Gonzlez, 23, from local headquarters in San German, in Holguin, to the Holguin Provisional Prison. Gonzalez Castellanos, independent journalist, has been detained since October 1 and the younger man, Varona, since October 2. The former is the grandson of Cuban martyr Lidia Doce, who was once a messenger for Ernesto "Che" Guevara, and the latter is Doces great grandson.

Ana Virgen Gonzlez Castellanos, sister of the journalist and mother of Leonardo told Cuba Free Press that a Captain Ballagas of the Political Police told her of the transfer.

"For the first time in seven days," she said, "I was permitted to see my son and my brother. They were then still in the processing department of the Office of State Security (OSS). Ballagas and another captain, Santiago, said they were going to trial very soon. Ballagas said we should look for lawyers."

She also said that Captain Ballagas is the "instructor" in this case, which relates to the crime of "disrespect" (desacato) of Commandant Fidel Castro and that her daughter, Yoani Varona Gonzalez, 22, and another political dissident, Roberto Rodriguez Rodriguez, also will be charged. Her daughter still is at home but has been told she faces a year in prison.

Regarding the physical condition of Rodriguez, who suffered eye damage from blows wielded by police during the arrest at the Gonzalez home in San German, she said medical attention had been given him and his eye was improved.

She also said her son and brother were showing great courage and spiritual strength in the face of the threats. She said Captain Ballagas was a respectful military man with a professional manner. She could not express the same opinion of Captain Santiago, who tried to frighten her with threats that no human rights organization or independent journalists would provide any help to her family.

Captain Santiago also warned her that he would disconnect her telephone permanently if she continued to contact independent journalists and human rights activists.

Ana Luisa López Baeza, Cuba Free Press.


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