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17 de Enero del 2000

GOVERNMENT FINES WOMAN WHO LINKS ABSENCE OF COFFEE WITH ELIAN By Juan Antonio Soto, Cuba Free Press.

Placetas.- Someone overheard a Cuban lady linking the young Cuban boy, Elian Gonzalez and the absence of coffee in the market in the Buenavista neighborhood of the municipality of Remedios, Villa Clara province. Consequently, a government agent fined the lady, Mrs. Teresa Barrios half of a typical Cuban's monthly wages.

What she said in the market was that the absent coffee will arrive "with Elian," that is, maybe never, since it seems like Elian has been gone forever. For more than 25 days the market where she must take her ration card so as to shop for food has been without coffee.

The government agent forced Mrs. Barrios to pay 50 pesos for what she said. The government-set salary rate is 100 pesos in Cuba. Omar Pernet, vice delegate for the province of the National Coordination of Political Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, said the fine was imposed by "an unscrupulous agent of the police in Buenavista."

Juan Antonio Soto, Cuba Free Press.


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