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February 23, 1999, Cuba Free Press.

GOVERNMENT CHARGES "DISRESPECTFUL" FORMER RAFTER WITH CONTEMPT AND RESISTING ARREST By Margarita Yero, Cuba Free Press.

SANTIAGO - Police recently arrested former rafter Randolfo Tamayo, 34, because of critical expressions against the government in the popular bar-restaurant, "La Melipona," in this capital.

Tamayo was tried today on charges of disrespect or contempt and resisting arrest. Officers of the Minister of the Interior have harassed Randolfo since he was repatriated from the Guantanamo Base in October, 1995.

Since then, the local political police have harassed Tamayo. They frequently searched his home, threatened him and on several occasions attempted to implicate him in the illicit business of selling beef.

Upon his arrest in "La Melipona", Tamayo "used aggressive and disrespectful language against the Maximum Leader," according to agents of the Office of State Security (OSS). The police also savagely beat Tamayo.

The state attorney requested two years in prison for Tamayo, and a fine of 300 pesos. The trial was held in the people's court number 4, in the community of Sueño in this city.

Margarita Yero, Cuba Free Press.


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