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Dissident's daughter jailed on charge of prostitution

HAVANA, Cuba, April 22 (Dania Virgen García, www.cubanet.org) - Dissident Carmen Bermúdez Arrieta says her 25-year-old daughter has been sentenced to two years in an internment camp on a trumped up charge of prostitution.

She said her daughter, Daimis Ruiz Bermúdez, was arrested by a police officer March 27 as she came out of a discotheque in Guabana, east of Havana. She said Daimis was booked after refusing to acknowledge an act of prostitution by signing a police warning.

Shed said she arrived at court just as her daughter's sentence of two years in the Red Flag Camp in Güira de Melena was being read. She said the sentence was an "injustice" and probably a reprisal for her own militancy in the opposition Cuban Liberal Movement.

Unlicensed street vendor fined for selling chili peppers SANTA CLARA, Cuba, April 22 (Yoel Espinosa / www.cubanet.org) – Roberto García, 65, says he was arrested on Tuesday and fined 60 pesos for selling chili peppers grown in his garden.

Because he doesn't have a street vendors license, he was arrested by police in a patrol car on the outskirts of Santa Clara. Besides the fine, he was warned his bicycle would be confiscated next time.

"I have a small garden and I sell what I grow," he said. "With the little that I earn, I pay for the electricity and I buy food. I'm not hurting anybody."




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