Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veree Eenteresting

From Payo Libre, a "lightning"raid on illegal satellite dishes in a post from Havana. Members of the National Revolutionary Police, along with spies trained to spot antennae and technicians, removed "tens" of dishes and materials. It's unknown how many were arrested. Here's the interesting part:

Habitantes de Las Piedras indicaron que tal operativo posiblemente fue debido al discurso pronunciado por el presidente de los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica George W. Bush el pasado 24 de octubre. “¡Al régimen cubano no le conviene que los isleños conozcan la verdad!”, dijo un vecino de la localidad.

Residents of Las Piedras indicated that the operation was possibly due to the speech given by the President of the United States of North America, George W. Bush, this past October 24. 'The Cuban regime finds it incovenient that islanders should know the truth!' said one local resident.
(I know it's awkward, but I'm trying to be true to the Spanish.)

Read it in Spanish here.

Also through Payo Libre, the Cambio bracelet story is turning into a saga. First, about seventy teens were rounded up for wearing white "cambio," or "change," bracelets. Then one of the founders of the Ladies in White was picked up for wearing one in support of the aforesaid teens. Now dissidents in Matanzas were handing out the bracelets in support of the teens. They were also handing out literature, misceláneas and cubanet among them. The activists lamented that they ran out of materials, as there is such hunger for information not coming from the government.

On the other side of the equation, the trainer for the Las Tunas soccer team is barring from the stadium any youth with the bracelet. In the time honored tradition of all young people, they are simply removing the bracelets and replacing them once they've left the environs of the stadium.
And there are more.

Perhaps because of the publicity garnered by this story, as far as I can tell, all have been released after a bit of intimidation and a written warning. I would say because the of gentler, kinder dictatorship, but the beatings and harassment continue on other fronts.

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