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March 26, 1999, Cuba Free Press. >

TO ALL WOMEN, JOURNALISTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS: "WHATEVER HAPPENS, MY SON AND I HAVE DECIDED TO STAY IN CUBA" By Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - For the last few days agents of the political police have been showing their face but not their identities at several locations near my home or that of my son, Ivan Garcia Quintero, also an independent journalist for the Cuba Free Press agency.

One of those agents entered my daughter's work place, showed her his ID as a member of State Security and implied that a conversation with her was pending. Several people have been "warned" about us. The manager of the "Pain de Paris," a bakery in La Vibora neighborhood, was given a copy of an article, "The other face of the Pain de Paris," a piece I wrote in April 1998. Those interested can find it on our Internet web page.

I did not say anything untrue then but showing that article could have ulterior urposes: To try to turn the workers against me should Security call for "an act of repudiation." The workers would then be primed to shout offenses and physically abuse me (as was already done on the night of February 10, 1997).

My mother, daughter, granddaughter and other relatives should not be used by the Office of State Security (OSS): Blood relatives, up to the 4th degree can not serve as witnesses in a trial. My mother, daughter, granddaughter and other relatives were not involved in my son's or my decision, back in 1977, to join Cuba Free Press, the journalism agency founded and directed by Raul Rivero.

Anything OSS officers want to discuss with us should be done through proper channels, face to face, not skulking about, and not through our neighbors and acquaintances. My public disagreements on matters going on in my country do not hide a record of over 35 years of honest work and clean behavior as a citizen.

Whatever happens, my son and I have decided to stay in Cuba, our fatherland. If so far we have maintained a respectful attitude towards the authorities, have declared ourselves against the embargo, the Helms-Burton laws...and if it is true that the Cuban government does not persecute dissidents, I would at least ask that our personal space, of my son and mine, be respected.

Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press


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