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December 16, 1998.

GOVERNMENT PERSECUTES MAN FOR TRYING TO EXERCISE FREEDOM By Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - The government charged Lázaro Constantino Durán, 39, president of Independent Teachers' Friends Club was scheduled for trial December 16, the day this was written.

Durán was charged with the crime of "dangerousness" after being brutally beaten when he tried on December 10 to join in a meeting at Butari Park, in the Lawton neighborhood, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Human Rights Declaration.

Before the trial, his mother Noris Duran told me, "It is terrible and I am very upset. The Old Havana Municipal Tribunal will try him for the presumed crime of dangerousness."

She also said, "Monday I visited the Technical Department of Investigations and the police told me of that charge. On Thursday I was told he was to be tried for the crime of 'attempting against the country's economy.' I could only see him for 10 minutes that day. In spite of this conversation, the summons received later on that night stated 'crime of dangerousness.'"

Durán was apprehended December 10 and beaten by paramilitary groups sent to prevent the politically incorrect from holding a meeting.

Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.


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