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February 22, 1999, Cuba Free Press.

POLICE HARASS VILLA CLARA HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS By Marvin Hernández Monzón, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Cuban Police Forces carried out a fresh wave of repression from Feb. 17 to 19 against human rights activists and leaders of dissident groups in the central Province of Villa Clara, according to Joaquín Cabezas of the Reflection Movement (Movimiento Cubano Reflexión).

The police operation reached four members of the above organization and the delegate of the Pro-Human Rights Party, René Carlos Márquez. His home was searched and he was arrested for several hours.

Police also searched the residence of Eng. Librado Linares, general secretary of the Reflection group from Camajuaní. He was fined 1,500 pesos on charges of selling tobacco and peanuts. The agents took several of his books.

Officer Raúl Fernández of the Office of State Security (OSS) in the area issued an official warning (acta de advertencia) to Linares and told him, "We are beginning to counter actions of the opposition in this country."

During the questioning of Eng. Linares, those present included OSS Capt. Vladimir Rivero Valerón and a police lieutenant known as Julio, who said, "I am going to throw you in a dungeon with revolutionaries who will beat you up. And afterwards I will shoot you twice in the head."

Other human rights advocates who were harassed were Reinaldo Cabezas Antúnez, a delegate of the Reflection Movement in Ranchuelos, activist Mario Sosa Hernández and Juan Carlos Chávez, who had his license to operate a taxi confiscated.

Marvin Hernández Monzón, Cuba Free Press.


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