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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Persecution in Cuba

Books, radios, and a copier confiscated from independent libraries

HAVANA, February 25 (Lux Info Press / www.cubanet.org) - Two officers from the Department of State Security who gave their names as Frank and Ahmed called at the home of María Elena Mir, in Guanabo, a beach community east of Havana, and confiscated several boxes of books and 25 portable radios.

Mir's home houses the Helen Martínez independent library.

The two officers later called at the home of Reinaldo Cosano, also in Guanabo and home to the Benjamin Franklin independent library, and confiscated a photocopier.

Cosano said one of the officers pointed to the TV set in the living room and told him that he "could keep the TV so he could watch the Round Tables and the National Newscast," programs that many Cubans say put a heavy political slant on the news.

The confiscated items, said Cosano, were donations from the people and government of the United States.

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