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Nov. 16, 1999.

LIBERATED AND BACK HOME ARE BERTA ANTúNEZ, MILAGROS DIAZ, ELAINE SAUMET By Luis Ramón Hernández, Cuba Free Press.

VILLA CLARA - Government police released well-known activists Berta Antúnez, Milagros Díaz and Elaine Saumet on Nov. 15 and took them to their places of origin - Placetas, Ciego de Avila and Santiago respectively.

B. Antúnez Pernet was taken from Santa Clara to Placetas by Capt. Vidal of the Office of State Security (OSS) and upon her arrival at her house, the Community watch committee president, the zonal "delegate" and members of the Communist Party 'welcomed' her with what observers called an "act of hatred." Further details were not given. The people in front of Mrs. Antúnez' house shouted that she was provocative even though she said officials had detained her on a street and not in a park. She remains under house arrest and may not leave without government permission.

Pedro Luis Boitel, well-known activist of the Civic Resistance Movement, Mrs. Antúnez, together with her friends, Ms. Díaz and Ms. Saumet had been detained by the OSS a week, beginning Nov. 8 at the prison at 100th St. and Aldabó in Havana.

Berta's son, Jorge Luis García Pérez, also known as Antúnez, is in prison at Canaleta and Bulmaro Victor, son of Mrs. Díaz, is in the Nieves Morejón prison. Dissident Librado Linares García, general secretary of the Cuban Reflection Movement, detained since Nov. 9, apparently is in the Camajuaní prison, but this news has not been confirmed.

The peaceful dissidents expect that by the end of the Ninth Ibero-American Summit, on Nov. 16, the government will cease the house arrests and allow them more freedom. >

>Luis Ramón Hernández, Cuba Free Press.


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