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November 12, 1998, Cuba Free Press.

POLITICAL PRISONERS DENOUNCE OFFICIAL HARASSMENT By Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - "They are harassing us. It's a way of trying to intimidate us so that we will renounce our principles. We denounce it so that the world will be up to date with our situation," wrote Leonardo Varona González in a letter to his mother from his cell in the provisional prison of Holguín province.

His mother, Ana Virgen González Castellanos, told this correspondent that her son had written that his health is very poor, although he abandoned a hunger strike he began on November 7.

"They took him to the hospital with hypoglycemia and a lot of arrythmia of the heart, probably caused by the fast, which he began because of the constant robbing and the anonymous threats they receive, some of which say he will be the cause of the death of himself and his uncle," the mother said.

She also said that after her son left his appointment with a physician, her son was interrogated by an official of the Office of State Security (OSS) named Marrero, who wanted to know what had caused his fasting. "My son accused the OSS political police of instigating harassment of the prisoners and said if they did not stop, he would resume his fast."

Varona González has been imprisoned since October 2, along with Manuel Antonio González Castellanos, his uncle, a correspondent of Cuba Free Press for the eastern region of Honguin. The uncle also is being treated in the same way as his nephew, where he awaits a possible trial although none has been ordered as yet.

Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.


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