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Sept. 17, 1999.

GIVING A RIDE TO A FOREIGN FRIEND CAN LAND ONE AT THE POLICE STATION By Jorge Diego Rodríguez Delgado, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - A Roman Catholic believer's good-will act, to transport a foreign friend to the airport ended in a long-time police station detention. Consequently, Eduardo Mesa, director of "Espacios," a tri-monthly publication of the Archdiocese of Havana asked in the latest issue why it was considered a crime to simply accompany or give a foreign friend a ride in one's own car.

Mesa asked whether the authorities have the ability to infer from a simple gaze that some one is a "jinetero" (prostitute) or drug trafficker.

Later on he expressed preoccupation with the above-mentioned activities where an exaggerated exclusion criterion against Cuban citizens exists. He noted, "In this manner we may misunderstand the transcendent value of human dignity" which, he added, "is not to be respected or mistreated according to the circumstances."

Eduardo Mesa also criticized the prohibition against Cubans boarding boats at beaches such as Varadero.

Jorge Diego Delgado, Cuba Free Press.


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