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21 de Marzo del 2000

THE COFFEE GROWERS SEARCH FOR THE REASONS FOR THE BETRAYAL. By Adis Nuvia Alcolea, Cuba Free Press.

Bayamo.- In the mountain town of Bartolomé Masó In Granma province the coffee-growing farmers are required to deliver their entire coffee crop to the national government. If they don't, they can lose both their land and crops.

Many farmers have been fined 500 to 1,500 Cuban pesos for storing away a few pounds of the precious bean in their homes for their own consumption.

The farmers of this zone say they recall that the government of Batista, the preceding dictator, never expressed an interest in taking their lands. And they are not the same farmers whose homes and lands were expropriated in the 1960's.

They say their self-appointed leader, Fidel Castro, whom they supported in the Sierra Maestra mountains, giving food and shelter and even helping to topple Batista, now betrays them and treats them sadistically, since many have lost their homes. And their children have been sent to fight and die in distant countries, sowing grief, sadness and hate.

Adis Nuvia Alcolea, Cuba Free Press.


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