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Dec. 9, 1999.

POLICE ARREST CUBA FREE PRESS CORRESPONDENT Cuba Free Press, Inc.

HAVANA. - Police arrested Cuba Free Press correspondent Jose Orlando Gonzalez-Bridon about 9 a.m. today when he arrived at the Acosta police station here in Havana, answering a summons he had received the day before.

His wife, Maria E. Valdes-Suarez asked where he was being taken, since Gonzalez-Bridon had been told to leave his bicycle behind and go with the police. One officer told her, "We don't have to answer that. If we arrest him we'll let you know."

Maria Esther told the policemen she was Orlando's wife and that he suffered from high blood pressure, and she would hold them responsible for anything that might happen to him. Both she and Gonzalez-Bridon said the arrest was probably to keep Gonzalez-Bridon from participating in the Jan. 10 celebration of the International Day for Human Rights.

The police told them, however, that it was due to his participation in the St. Barbara's march held on Dec. 4 at the Parraga parish. Maria Esther said, "Then you'll have to arrest everybody that was at the March." She also said they were taking him away because he was the president of an independent and democratic union. He is the delegate of Cuba's Democratic Workers' Union which is a member organization of the National Free Workers' Union

Despite the unknown destiny of Gonzalez-Bridon, his family remains optimistic he will soon be returned because he is guilty of no crime.


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