Polls show 69% oppose Raúl Castro

10/26/2009 1:55 PM

10/26/2009 1:56 PM

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct. 26 Leafar Pérez, www.cubanet.org – Polls conducted by two independent non-governmental organizations (NGOs) show that 69 percent disapprove of president Raúl Castro.

The NGOs, El Centro de Información Sobre Democracia and Alianza Nueva Nación, polled 1,000 persons in Cuba’s nine provinces.

Those polled said that during Castro’s three years in office the country’s economy has worsened, prices have risen, housing is scarce and corruption continues.

They also questioned the police crackdown on crime instead of giving Cuba’s more freedom to open small business that would employ people.

Castro’s support was lowest in the capital and generally among the young, whose opposition reached 80 percent.

Police leave musician without TV signal

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct. 26 (Aini Martín Valero, ALAS, www.cubanet.org) – Telephone company technicians backed by National Police National Police disconnected the television dish of popular singer and bandleader Cesar Pedroso last week. according to a neighbor.

Esperanza Torres said the employees of ETECSA, the Italo-Cuban telephone company, broke into Pedroso’s house.

It is illegal in Cuba to install a clandestine dish to pick up signals from foreign television stations, mainly from Miami, such as Univision and Telemundo.

Pedroso, 63, was a founding member of Los Van Van and later formed his own bad, Pupi y los que Son Son.

Carlos M. Castañeda honored by Cuban dissidents

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct. 26 (Leafar Pérez, www.cubanet.org) – A dissident educational institution is honoring the late Cuban-born journalist Carlos M. Castañeda in a new fall schedule.

The Foundation for Free Expression said the work of Castañeda as editor of El Nuevo Día in Puerto Rico and as a newspaper designer and consultant in Latin America will be the subject of courses at the Popular University, backed by several independent organizations.

The foundation is directed by independent journalists Lucas Garve.

At the time of his death at 70 in 2002, Castañeda was publisher emeritus of El Nuevo Herald in Miami.

A former reporter of the Cuban magazine Bohemia, Castañeda fled Cuba in 1960. He was the founding editor of El Nuevo Día in 1970 and ran the newspaper until his retirement in 1998. Later that year he became editor of El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language edition of the Miami Herald.

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