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07 de Marzo del 2000

UNKNOWN WOMAN ATTACKS INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST, DEFENDER OF HUMAN RIGHTS. Cuba Free Press.

Gibara.- On Feb. 14, an unidentified woman attacked Virginia Salvia Segura, an independent journalist who also has a background in defense of human rights.

The journalist and a friend were on their way to visit Leonardo de Varona when the attacker hit the journalist in the chest and made her lose her balance as she was boarding a bus. The bus driver intervened as did her friend. The aggressor also insulted the journalist as she fell to the ground. The witness said there was no provocation.

That attacker and two other people had just arrived together at the corner where Virginia and her friend already were waiting for the bus. The bus driver and the transportation inspectors and some passengers all witnessed the attack.

As an independent journalist, Virginia Salvia Segura seeks liberty to carry out her work. And her friends say that as a defender of human rights, she should be respected and protected. Salvia's husband has been fined 4,000 Cuban Pesos for his pro-human rights activities and the family is unable to pay such a large sum.

Salvia's father, also a very prominent human rights activist, is now blind and unable to help. Virginia Salvia has a 14-year-old daughter whom she has taken out of school because of the aggressions the child has suffered there, apparently because she is the writer's daughter.

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