Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dissident's daughter jailed on charge of prostitution

Posted on Thursday, 04.22.10
Dissident's daughter jailed on charge of prostitution

HAVANA, Cuba, April 22 (Dania Virgen García, -
Dissident Carmen Bermúdez Arrieta says her 25-year-old daughter has been
sentenced to two years in an internment camp on a trumped up charge of

She said her daughter, Daimis Ruiz Bermúdez, was arrested by a police
officer March 27 as she came out of a discotheque in Guabana, east of
Havana. She said Daimis was booked after refusing to acknowledge an act
of prostitution by signing a police warning.

Shed said she arrived at court just as her daughter's sentence of two
years in the Red Flag Camp in Güira de Melena was being read. She said
the sentence was an "injustice" and probably a reprisal for her own
militancy in the opposition Cuban Liberal Movement.

Unlicensed street vendor fined for selling chili peppers SANTA CLARA,
Cuba, April 22 (Yoel Espinosa / – Roberto García, 65,
says he was arrested on Tuesday and fined 60 pesos for selling chili
peppers grown in his garden.

Because he doesn't have a street vendors license, he was arrested by
police in a patrol car on the outskirts of Santa Clara. Besides the
fine, he was warned his bicycle would be confiscated next time.

"I have a small garden and I sell what I grow," he said. "With the
little that I earn, I pay for the electricity and I buy food. I'm not
hurting anybody."

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