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Police arrest five blind street vendors

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov. 9 (Juan Carlos González Leiva, www.cubanet.org) – Members of the National Police Force arrested five blind street vendors in the capital last week. The five were selling CDs and similar products in the Víbora section of Havana Nov. 1 when they were arrested and taken to the Aguiletra police station. Two were released the same day but three others were held overnight in jail. Those arrested were identified as Taíma Barzola Veloz, Enrique Barrera Acosta, Juan Miguel Ruiz Ruiz, Byron Sotolongo Pérez and Eduardo Ruiz Ruiz. Barzola Veloz said she had been shoved by a policeman in an incident several days earlier. Dissident begins one-year sentence for hoarding HOLGUÍN, Cuba, Nov. 9 (José Ramón Pupo Nieves, www.cubanet.org) – Dissident Fidel García Roldán started to serve a one year sentence last week after being found guilty on charges of hoarding. García Roldán has served more than four years in prison on earlier convictions related to his opposition to the government. “This is nothing more than a dirty maneuver by the political police, using false trials to get rid of men and women who’ve decided to fight their lies,” said García Roldán before entering the Típico Prison in Las Tunas Nov. 3.



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