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Oct. 11, 1999.

WORKER "DISRESPECTS" HIGH OFFICIAL, ALMOST GETS FIRED By Mary Miranda, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Eduardo Navarro, 38, argued with a Communist Party dignitary who recently visited the factory where Navarro works and the next day his fellow workers excoriated him for his actions.

José Ramón Machado Ventura, a member of the Political Bureau of the national Communist Party of Cuba, visited the cigar factory where Navarro works in Fomento, Sancti Spíritus province in central Cuba. Navarro approached Machado Ventura to talk about the scarcity of raw materials in the factory and the official asked him how much he makes in salary.

Navarro told him he makes about 500 pesos a month and Machado Ventura said: "That's what I make as a Party official."

Navarro didn't let him continue, saying, "Yes, that's true, but to earn my salary I have to get up at 5 a. m. and you get up when you want."

The next day Communist Youth League Secretary Sara Gutiérrez and Communist Party Secretary Gisela Martínez organized an "act of repudiation" for Navarro. Such an action is a singular party institution in which a group, in this case Navarro's fellow workers, is brought together to berate, criticize and repudiate the perpetrator of some perceived insult to the revolution. In Navarro's case, party leaders Gutiérrez and Martínez indicated that he had not shown the appropiate respect to a party official.

Mary Miranda, Cuba Free Press.


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