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June 21, 1999, Cuba Free Press.

VISITING FROM MIAMI, ARUCA ARGUES WITH HUNGER STRIKERS By Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Towards the late afternoon hours of Sunday, June 20, mIAMI radio commentator Francisco Aruca from Radio Progreso, a Miami radio station, visited Tamarindo 34, the site of the hunger strike in Havana to interview participants.

The presence of Mr. Aruca led to a debate between him and some of the hunger strikers. Aruca asked them about the decorations in the room and even a photograph of the late founder of the Cuban-American National Foundation, Jorge Mas Canosa.

Dr. Leonel Morejon Almagro explained to Aruca that the picture was there at the request of the home's owner, Mrs. Migdalia Rosado. He said there are people who admire Mas Canosa for what he did for Cubans in Florida and his support for causes such as freedom and democracy. Almagro said the photo served as a tribute and was not involved in the strike.

In a heated exchange of opinions, Aruca said the policy of the Cuban-American National Foundation would lead to more tragedies. When someone in the audience shouted "viva Mas Canosa," Aruca, visibly upset, responded: "You say Viva Mas Canosa here, I say down with Mas Canosa in Miami, where I can get killed for saying that."

Dr. Elias Biscet and Leonel Morejon Almagro labeled Aruca's visit as a clear provocation, contending Aruca did not behave with the ethics of a journalist but rather as a spokesman of the Cuban government.

The hunger strikers at Tamarindo 34, upon the closing of the second week of civic protest have received 779 visitors, 73 of them people without political affiliation. Thirty-eight of them fasted for hours, 322 for three days and 53 political organizations have indicated their support of the hunger strike.

The foreign press accredited in Cuba and independent journalists have given coverage starting Monday, June 7, when the civic protest started, to all the events surrounding the hunger strike. The Cuban government press however, has not uttered a single word about the civic protest.

Efrén Martínez Pulgarón,Cuba Free Press.


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