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November 9, 1998, Cuba Free Press.

GOVERNMENT TO CUT POWER TO 37 FAMILIES CHARGED WITH CHEATING By Efrén Martinez Pulgarón. Cuba Free Press.

SAN LUIS - The government's Basic Electric Organization (BEO) of this municipality in Pinar del Rio province announced it will cut off power to 37 family units in the Cuatro Caminos hamlet that have "illegal" riggings, i.e., attachments to power lines, according to Lorenzo del Toro Ramos, delegate of the San Luis Human Rights Party.

Del Toro, one of those who will be inconvenienced, told this reporter that these illegal riggings have "always" been connected to the authorized line and have been accepted by the government. He questioned why, after 40 years of revolution, the more than 100 people involved will arbitrarily be penalized. He said they live only 200 meters from the source of electric power (The Central Highway station) but are unable to benefit from the service legally.

The BEO has imposed fines ranging from 50 to 100 pesos on so-called illegals in the different neighborhoods. It has also warned - at the People's Control Meetings - that illegal installations will not only be cut off but the insulation, cables and posts will be confiscated.

Among those harmed by these measures are 12 children, 10 seniors, a person with Down's syndrome and a terminal cancer patient.

Some farmers belonging to the "General Antonio" cooperative will also suffer the consequences of these measures, which reportedly will be applied to other neighborhoods.

Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.


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