Desde Dentro de Cuba.

Distribuido por Cuba Free Press, Inc. - http://www.cubafreepress.org

27 de Marzo del 2000

SUBJECTED TO INTENSE PRESSURE, MAN TRIES TO ESCAPE BY SEA By Juan Antonio Soto, Cuba Free Press.

Ranchuelo, Villa Clara.- Rolando Teodoro García of this municipality charges that local agents of the Technical Department of Investigations (DTI) and especially the chief official of the sector known as "El Bondy" are depriving him of human rights. He names other DTI officials who abuse him as "Dávila" and "Eliecer."

The DTI officials have ordered García to appear on the first five days of each month to sign a "control book" and also to go with a relative once a month to the local office of the National Police (PRN).

The latest problems began when he was sentenced to four years of hard labor on charges of being dangerous. Garcia was serving this sentence by fumigating the sugar cane fields of the municipality near the Efraín Alfonso Sugar Mill.

One episodes began March 1 when Garcia, who said he was feeling desperate, tried to leave the country in a vessel with 20 other people. They hoped to reach the United States without being apprehended by the U.S. Coast Guard.

But the Coast Guard caught them and took them for questioning to a mother ship named "Confident." After four days, they were transferred to the cutter "Sinicays" which took another four days before most of the people were returned to Cuba.

Of the 21 escapees, just five (a couple and their two children plus another adult) obtained political asylum in the United States. García was not among the five because he had no papers to prove he had been serving a sentence of hard labor. He had thought that just explaining the truth would be enough to win asylum.

Since his return, García says he feels truly trapped and sees no way out.

Juan Antonio Soto, Cuba Free Press.


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