Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
I gave up reading CubaNet.org a while back because they only posted negative stories about Cuba. Well, I figured I would check in to see what they are posting these days. As you can see below they are still posting all negative news but with that said, I believe that it is factual and deserves recognition here. This site should be read by pro-Castro readers to balance their love for Fidel Castro and Communism in general.
I believe they have numerous sources inside Cuba reporting these short news stories. These sources are paid with funding from USAID funds if I am not mistaken. So, these sources risk their freedom and even lives daily to report this news. If they are caught they would be accused of being an agent for the US.
High school students riot over living conditions
RANCHUELO, Cuba, November 10 (Félix Reyes Gutiérrez, Cubanacán Press) – More than 50 live-in grade 10 students broke windows in a dormitory and destroyed mattresses last week in a protest over living conditions.
Four students were expelled and State security agents and national police who were called to the scene at the Miguel A Pedroso pre-university school at Ranchuelo, in Villa Clara province, November 4 questioned 20 students and took their fingerprints.
The students painted the words “whoever enters here will be stabbed” on the main door and the word “Danger” in English.
The student body numbers 400.
Pacifist denied government job
PINAR DEL RÍO, Cuba, November 10 (Rafael Ferro) – Labor ministry officials in the municipality of Consolación del Sur have rejected a job application from pacifist Felipe Gil, a member of the opposition People’s Party (Partido del Pueblo).
“I don’t know where else to seek work,” he said. “I’m prepared to work as a carpenter or bricklayer. I have all of my papers in order and the only reason the authorities allege is the fact I’m opposed to the government.”
Officials deny dissidents employment in state businesses dominated as key, such as tourism, construction and military institutions.
Independent journalist arrested
HAVANA, Cuba, November 7 (Víctor Manuel León) – State Security agents arrested independent journalist Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez on Wednesday after he had left the U.S. Interests Section, where he had attended a video conference workshop.
Guerra Pérez was accompanied at the time by ex-political prisoner Roberto de Miranda Hernández, who reported the incident. The independent journalist had participated in a workshop on libraries given by Georgetown University.
This was the second detention in a week of an independent journalist following a workshop at the Interests Section. Ismaris Salomón was detained after a workshop on journalism given by Florida International University.
Dissidents detained in Santiago de Cuba
SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, November 7 (Juan Carlos Hernández) – State Security agents detained Luis García Pérez (Antúnez) and several other dissidents who had attended a meeting in a private home on Wednesday.
The meeting was held in the home of Denia Rodríguez, national coordinator of the People’s party (Partido del Pueblo).
The arrests were made in the street after the attendees left the house.
Windows broken in a private library
RANCHUELO, Cuba, November 7 (Félix Reyes Gutiérrez, Cubanacán Press) – A group of youths broke the windows of the Alberto Villafaña Library in Ranchuelo, Villa Clara on Monday.
According to Mario González López, who lives near the library, the youths kicked in the Windows alter leaving a night club around 2 a.m.
Two pacifist brothers detained by police
HOLGUÍN, Cuba, November 6 (José Ramón Pupo Nieves, Holguín Press) - Dissident pacifists Rolando and Néstor Rodríguez Lovaina were arrested by police Tuesday, according to another activist.
Jorge Corrales said the brothers were in the home of another pacifist when political police agents arrived. He said the pair was put in a car and taken to a police station.
Néstor and Rolando Rodríguez Lobaina are directors of two dissident organizations, the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy (Movimiento Cubano Jóvenes por la Democracia) and the eastern Democratic Alliance (Alianza Democrática Oriental).
Prisoner denied transfer for health reasons
RANCHUELO, Cuba, November (Félix Reyes Gutiérrez, Cubanacán Press) – The mother of a political prisoner says authorities are refusing to transfer her son to another prison nearer home, even though he is ill.
Esperanza Rivero Álvarez says her son, Pedro Pedrosa Rivero, has been trying for three months to be transferred from the Agüica, which is 200 kilometers from his home, making it difficult for her to visit him.
Pedrosa Rivero, 43, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for illegal entry into Cuba. He has four children who live in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Coachmen Go on Strike in Morón
MORÓN, Cuba, November 5 (José Manuel Caraballo Bravo, APLA) – Coachmen in Morón have gone on strike to protest an increase on fees charged them by the municipal government. The coachmen have been on strike since last weekend. On Sunday, however, the strikers say there were some unlicensed coachmen in horse-drawn carriages picking up passengers in the city.
Teacher Is Fired for Meeting With Dissidents
HAVANA, Cuba, November 5 (Juan Carlos González Leiva) - A fourth-grade teacher was dismissed from her job after having attended a meeting with dissidents.
Mirelis Guerra Toyo said she was arrested by State Security officers and told she could not continue teaching on accoung of her counterrevolutionary ideas. The next day, she said, the director of the Jesús Suárez Gayol primary school where she worked told her she would not be allowed to continue to teach her forth grade students, and that her separation from the job would be officially listed as “due to unjustified absences.”
Guerra said she had attended a meeting of the Cuban Human Rights Foundation.