Cuba

Dissident accused of stealing sugar from his workplace

SANTA CLARA, Cuba, April 13 (Licet Zamora, Cubanacán Press / www.cubanet.org) – A police agent fined Ariel Suárez, regional coordinator of the Democratic Solidarity Party, 1,000 pesos for allegedly stealing over 200 pounds of white sugar from a warehouse at the government’s agroindustrial complex where he works.At a meeting with officials of the Ciudad Caracas complex and police, Suárez denied the charge, saying he had never left his post on the day of the alleged theft. When police officer Fidel Yanes wrote out the fine, the equivalent of about three months of average salary, Suárez refused to sign the document.

Santa Clara said to have TB outbreakSANTA CLARA, Cuba, April 13 (Guillermo Fariñas, Cubanacán Press / www.cubanet.org) – There are more than a dozen cases of tuberculosis at the José Luis Miranda children’s hospital in Santa Clara, according to sources at the province’s Medical College.“The official press at no time has alluded to this outbreak because, without doubt, they have orders from above to hide what is happening, “said an orthopedic specialist.Public health workers and others who have been in direct contact with the tuberculosis patients have been given vaccinations.

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