Tourists at risk because of government policy

HAVANA, Cuba, August 10 (Moisés Leonardo Rodríguez / – The Interior Ministry has ordered independent tourist guides in the municipality of Mariel to stop offering their services to foreigners who pass through on their way to Pinar del Río.

No explanation was given to the tourist guides, who feel that tourists will be put at risk as there are many delinquents in the area.

Many of the tourists arrive tired at dusk without having made arrangements for lodgings, which the guides can provide.

Some of the tourists are said to be cyclists.

Four human rights activists detained by police

HAVANA, Cuba, August 10 (René Gómez Manzano, –Four human rights activists were detained by police last week in San José de las Lajas in Havana province, according to Carlos Manuel Pupo Rodríguez, a member of the International Human Rights Society.

Pupo Rodríguez identified the four as Julián Enrique Martínez Pérez and Luis González Medina of the Pro Human Rights Party of Cuba and brothers Eddy and William Rodríguez Paredes of the February 24 Movement.

They were detained the morning of August 5 and taken to the police station in Güines for questioning. They were released at 6 p.m.

René Gómez Manzano, president of the Society’s Cuban Work Group, said the detentions were probably related to a demonstration planned for August 5 on Havana’s Malecón.