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Police target satellite antennas

HAVANA, Cuba - August 23 ( Juan González Febles / - National police carried out a series of raids during the first half of August in several municipalities of Havana looking for illegal antennas capable of capturing TV signals from abroad.

Residents in several areas of the city report that police are still carrying out sporadic raids, typically timed to coincide with the broadcast times of the most popular programs: Sábado Gigante, Show de Cristina, and Show de Laura, presumably to surprise the owners of the improvised artifacts.

Although some of the antennas have been brought in from abroad or obtained from foreigners living in the island, most are fabricated using only ingenuity and the most improbable materials.

The reception of satellite signals from abroad is essentially illegal for Cubans. The government, which owns and operates all media, calls any attempt to defeat its controls piracy.


One hundred prisoners transferred

HOLGUIN, Cuba - August 25 (Liannis Meriño Aguilera, Jóvenes sin Censura / - A hundred prisoners have been transferred from the Combinado del Este prison in Havana to the Kilo 8 prison in Camagüey.

Political prisoner José Daniel Ferrer, an inmate at Kilo 8, said most of those transferred were either in poor health or troublesome disciplinary cases that were transferred to clean up the Havana prison's image for the upcoming summit to be held in Cuba.

Anti-government graffiti in Holguín

HOLGUIN, Cuba - August 25 (Liannis Meriño Aguilera, Jóvenes sin Censura / - Someone wrote anti-government slogans on the walls of a bus stop across the street from a military post in Banes, Holguín municipality last weekend.

The graffiti read "Down with Fidel" and "We don't want Raúl," in chalk. A detachment from the political police, headed by Major Wilson Ramírez, of the Department of State Security, converged on the site in the early morning and cleaned up the wall after thoroughly photographing it.

Later in the day, the local contingent of the "Rapid Response Brigades," the government directed mobs who prosecute all those not in agreement with government policies, were gathered at the fire station and told to "be watchful of acts of disobedience like this one."

Women's Federation starts campaign

HAVANA, Cuba - August 25 (Ahmed Rodríguez Albacia, Jóvenes sin Censura / - The Latin American Federation of Rural Women has launched a campaign demanding that Cubans regain the right to pay in pesos everywhere on the island.

At present there are many establishments that only accept hard currency, such as dollars or euros, as payment. Many Cubans chafe under this arrangement, since, they complain, they are paid their salaries in pesos and many don't have relatives abroad who can send them money in dollar or euro denominations.

Leaders of the Women's Federation said they will collect signatures to call for the enactment of a law that would "return to Cubans the rights they should have never lost."



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