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14 de enero de 1999, Cuba Free Press.

OSS AGENTS REVERSE COURSE, RELEASE ODALYS CURBELO By Héctor Cruz, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Reversing their course of a few hours earlier, agents of the Cuban Office of State Security (OSS) released Independent journalist Odalys Curbelo Sánchez, 35, correspondent of Cuba Free Press the night of Wednesday, January 13.

She had been arrested and taken to police headquarters Wednesday afternoon, a short time after receiving a telephone call from someone calling herself "Alba" suggesting that she get out of town and go home to her province of origin, Pinar del Rio.

During her few hours at the government station on Acosta street, Odalys was questioned and threatened by two OSS captains named Oscar and Alfredo. They told her that in the opinion of the minister of interior, she was trying to become a heroine, a movie star, perhaps, since she shows up at all the trials, including that of Mario Viera, where she was seen on the videotape filmed by the political police during the crowd disturbances in front of the People's Court of Old Havana.

They also reminded the journalist that she is living illegally in Havana. They asked her if she were keeping calm. They also suggested that she leave the country.

Odalys, the mother of an eight-year-old boy, for the past 18 months has been active as a reporter for the alternative media, the news agency known as Cuba Press. Although its material is barred from publication in Cuba, Cuba Free Press correspondents such as Odalys phone their articles to Miami for publication on the internet and in two small tabloids, an English "Cuba Free Press," issued monthly, and a Spanish "Cuba Prensa Libre," published every two weeks.

This is the fourth time this journalist has been taken to a police station for questioning since she began her activities as a journalist for Cuba Free Press.

Héctor Cruz, Cuba Free Press.


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