Desde Dentro de Cuba.
Distribuido por Cuba Free Press, Inc. - http://www.cubafreepress.org
Dec. 24, 1999
NO SHORTAGE OF SHIRTS OR BUSES FOR FORCED MARCHES FOR ELIAN By Orlando González Bridón, CTDC, for Cuba Free Press.
Havana.- The message passed down from the government to ARGUS Enterprises, a shipyard repair business at Acosta and Oficios streets told the employees that unless they participated in the mass march demanding the return of Elian Gonzalez from Miami, they would not receive the "grocery bag" of the month or for three months, not to mention getting their names on the black list.
Some work centers summoned their employees to meet at an assigned checkpoint and then took roll call. Attendance is linked to each worker's salary. Anyone who is absent gets a black mark on his or her work file.
The starting point for the marches towards the U.S. Interests Section is always packed with buses and many trucks. All workers wear jerseys marked the face of the child and many told Cuba Free Press they were forced to join the mass demonstrations and absence results in grocery supplies being denied and being placed on the black list.
Children in school who do not attend the "forced marches" are kept from taking a test on political issues and lack of test results means failing school for the year.
José Orlando González Bridón, CTDC, for Cuba Free Press.
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