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February 28, 1999.

WAVE OF ARRESTS OF CUBA PRESS JOURNALISTS CONTINUES By Ricardo González Alfonso, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Cuba Free Press correspondent Jesús Labrador Arias,44, is the latest of this agency's independent journalists to be arrested by agents of the Office of State Security (OSS). He was arrested at 6 a.m. Feb. 24, at his Manzanillo home in Granma Province, in the eastern part of the island.

OSS agents also arrested two local dissidents, Angel Manuel Castillo and Antilio Antúnez, on unreported charges.

On the day before Labrador Arias' arrest, an agent of the political police visited his home and warned him not to leave home Wednesday in an effort to hide his plans to join government opponents to commemorate "El Grito de Baire" (The shout at the town of Baire, which signaled the beginning of the Cuban revolt against the Spaniards more than a century ago), and the third anniversary of the downing of two Brothers-to-the-Rescue planes.

Leticia Arias, the reporter's wife, told Cuba Free Press, "Joel Maceo, OSS officer, and another policeman woke Jesus up, and arrested him and took him away."

Earlier, Ministry of Interior (MININT) officials visited November 30 Party delegate Salvador Mesa Brito, 50, and party member Luis Mario Pared Estrada, 35, and warned them not to participate in activities commemorating February 24. Leticia Arias said she fears that those two dissidents may also have been arrested.

Ricardo González Alfonso, Cuba press


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