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March 18, 1999

GOVERNMENT DAILY EXPOSES SWEETS GUARDS AS THIEVES By Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - One of the factories where thievery was on the increase every day some time ago was called "Gerardo Abreu Fontán," which used to go by the name of "Star" (Estrella). In general, its products are sweets, such as candies, cookies, crackers and other such delicacies that are very popular among Cuban children.

According to the daily government newspaper, Workers ("Trabajadores"), to try to reduce the thefts, Administrator Miguel Rodríguez and Leidiz Vera, the secretary general of the government union that is involved, began to keep close watch on things and said they were able to reduce known thefts to only eight in 1998. They announced that they were "stupefied" to discover that the majority of the thefts were related to the guards paid by the Food Industry Ministry to protect the products.

The thieves did their pilfering on weekends. Those who were able to collect some of the sweets for sale on the black market had a good chance to make some money because of the great demand - and scarcity - of the factory's production. The fate of the caught guards was not completely explained.

Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.


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