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November 10, 1998, Cuba Free Press.

POLITICAL POLICE CONFISCATE MEDICINES FROM HUMANITARIAN GROUP By Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Political police of the Office of State Security (OSS) have confiscated medicines and money from the Association of Disabled Cubans (ADC), according to Maria Miranda Córdoba, 32, general coordinator. She said the items taken were destined for humanitarian purposes.

Ms. Miranda said the political police searched her home, in the Vedado community, and confiscated 20 pounds of medicines, US$730, personal documents and family photographs. The police also took her to the OSS headquarters at Villa Marista and there made a file about her personal history while holding her 16 hours. The materials taken from her were not returned.

The medicines and money, Ms. Miranda said, are used by the ADC throughout Cuba to help disabled people, the chronically ill, invalid aged people and the needy. Besides medicines, the ADC distributes food, wheel chairs and crutches.

"We intend to reclaim the items taken," Ms. Miranda said, "and we hope to provide information that will bring positive results. But almost two months after the events we have received no response. The only thing returned to me were some of my personal photos."

The ADC, created last April, is a non-political group exclusively dedicated to humanitarian acts. Its president is René García Collazo, for commandant of the Rebel Army. Juan Jesús Alfonso represents the organization in the exile community and it is officially registered on the list of legal associations at Tallahasee, Florida.

Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.


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