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24 de Marzo del 2000

AGENTS THREATEN TO ACCUSE DISSIDENT OF BEING AN AGENT SO AS TO DISCREDIT HIM. By Juan Antonio Soto, Cuba Free Press.

Placetas.- A young pacifist of this town couldn't believe his ears when he hears plainclothes' police agents threaten him with spreading the rumor that he was one of them.

The pacifist is Orlando Visiedo Pacheco, a member of the Democratic Solidarity Party. He was waiting for another party member, Reimundo Perdigón Brito outside the Municipal Hospital one morning recently. As he stood there, he was approached by Section Chief Edwin of the Technical Department of Investigations (DTI).

The chief told Visiedo Pacheco he couldn't loiter there. He said if anything were stolen at the hospital, he would charge him with the act. Upset, Visiedo said he was not a bandit but rather an opponent of the government. Hearing that, the chief immediately took him by the arm and escorted him to the nearest DTI office.

There three more agents joined the chief in helping him spend the next five hours (until 8 p.m.) lecturing and threatening him. They also prepared a formal notice saying he was prohibited from standing in front of the hospital.

They also warned him they going to spread the rumor throughout Sancti Spiritus Province that Visiedo was an agent of the DTI or even tahe Cuban State Security (SS) so as to discredit him.

Visiedo did not get the names of the three regular agents, who carried pistols under their civilian clothes. Now Visiedo does not know whether his friends will realize that the rumor is slander or will believe it. He said he wishes the DTI agents had thought of something else.

Juan Antonio Soto, Cuba Free Press.


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