Cuba

Two independent journalists detained after workshop

HAVANA, Cuba, May 28 (Frank Correa / www.cubanet.org) - Two independent journalists were detained separately by State Security agents after attending a workshop last week at the U.S. Interests Section.

David Águila was stopped by two agents at 3:30 p.m. on May 21 and taken to a nearby park where he was questioned and released. The agents took a copy of El Nuevo Herald of Miami that he was carrying as well as some papers.

An hour later, Reinier Vera was detained by agents who took him to the police station in Párraga for questioning. The police said they were planning a “pretty surprise on graduation day” for the journalists.

Águila and Vera had attended a videoconference workshop given by the International Media Center of Florida International University in Miami.

Police car hits independent journalist in apparent accident

HAVANA, Cuba, May 28 (Luis Cino / www.cubanet.org) – A police cruiser struck independent journalist Odelín Alfonso and his wife on Tuesday, but she said she didn’t think it was intentional.

Chief of police Lt. Michael Hodelín witnessed the accident, which occurred in the municipality of San Miguel del Padrón at 10:40 a.m. when the driver of the cruiser apparently lost control of the vehicle. The couple was not injured.

“I don’t think there was any intent on the part of the driver, who lost control because he was driving too fast,” said Alfonso’s wife, Yaquelin Cutiño.

When police asked Alonso for his identify card, he refused to show it, saying, “Arrest me.” He was placed in the cruiser that hit him, but the police chief ordered his release, and he left with his wife.

Activist fired from government job again

HOLGUÍN, Cuba, May 28 (Yudelmis Fonseca / www.cubanet.org) – Liliana Morfi, 21, said she was fired from her job as clerk in a government store because of her membership in three dissident organizations.

Morfi says she has lost all of her jobs because of her political activity. “Last May 15 they kicked me out of La Viajera bodega,” she said.

She belongs to the Municipal Democratic Circles of Cuba ( Círculos Democráticos Municipales de Cuba) and the Rosa Parks Feminine Movement (Movimiento Femenino Rosa Parks) and the Cuban Foundation of Human Rights (Fundación Cubana de Derechos Humanos.

Prisoner forsakes day of freedom as a protest

ISLE OF YOUTH, Cuba, May 28 (Clara Lourdes Prieto / www.cubanet.org) – Prisoner of conscience Fabio Prieto says he refused his hour of freedom last week in protest over his treatment at the Guayabo Prison on the Isle of Youth.

Prieto, 46, said he took the action because of harassment and physical attacks.

Prieto was among 75 arrested and sentenced in 2003 for anti-government activities. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

He suffers from spinal disorder, stomach problems and hypertension

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