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Agustin Blazquez, Producer/director of the documentaries

COVERING CUBA, CUBA: The Pearl of the Antilles, COVERING CUBA 2: The Next Generation, COVERING CUBA 3: Elian (presented at the 2003 Miami Latin Film Festival) and the upcoming COVERING CUBA 4: The Rats Below.

Author with Carlos Wotzkow of the book COVERING AND DISCOVERING and translator with Jaums Sutton of the book by Luis Grave de Peralta Morell THE MAFIA OF HAVANA: The Cuban Cosa Nostra.

1 posted on 11/12/2003 12:16:20 PM PST by CHACHI
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-"In Castro's Cuba, all labor rights are violated. The foreign companies involved in these joint ventures are working in complicity with Castro's regime. They know that all salaries are paid to Castro in U.S. dollars, not to the Cuban workers.

-"They know that Castro keeps 95% of it and pays the other 5% in worthless Cuban pesos to the workers. They know that Castro's regime provides child labor free."

-"These foreign companies are accomplices in the arrest, torture and incarceration of Cuban independent union leaders when they try to demand their rights. But some of them managed to escape Cuba and they live in exile in the U.S.—former employees, adults and children- -and can press charges against those foreign companies. A time bomb is ticking . . . .

-"Therefore, foreign businesses and investments in Castro's Cuba are on very shaky grounds. Sooner or later they are going to lose everything. They are in complicity with a repressive and corrupt military regime and they are going to lose billions on a tyranny that is on its last leg. And all because of greed.

2 posted on 11/12/2003 1:22:10 PM PST by The Bronze Titan
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José Luis García Paneque
Sentence: 24 years
Status: Villa Clara , Santa Clara Provincial Prison

José Luis García Paneque is a plastic surgeon and a director of Libertad agency (Las Tunas),
sentenced in Las Tunas province. Prosecutors had asked for 18 years but the court raised the
sentence to 24 without explanation. In July 2000, Paneque wrote an article titled “Doctors or slaves?”,
which was highly critical of the official practice of imposing internal exile on any physician who asked
to leave the country legally. Married, Paneque has four children.

Oscar Elias Biscet
Sentence: 25 years
Status: Ciudad de la Habana

Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet was one of the last to be tried. Dr. Biscet is a medical doctor by profession and
had been jailed since the December 2002 protest.

Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello
Sentence: 20 years
Status: Ciudad de la Habana

Marta Beatriz Roque - the only woman detained - is an economist and the director of
the Cuban Institute of Independent Economists. Roque, age 58, had previously served nearly
three years in prison. Along with three other dissidents, she was prosecuted after publishing
an analytical paper titled "The Homeland Belongs to All," which discussed Cuba's human rights
situation and called for reforms. She is a recipient of the 2002 Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of
Scientists Award of the New York Academy of Sciences. In April of this year, she was sentenced
for her opposition activity to 20 years in prison.

Jorge Olivera Castillo
Sentence: 18 years
Status: Guantánamo , Chafarina

Jorge Olivera Castillo was the head of Havana Press agency (Havana) and later its interim director
and a former reporter for New Cuban Press. In a 1997 crackdown on independent journalists he was
denounced by Cuban authorities for ''consorting with the foreign media.'' Neighborhood vigilante groups
ordered him to leave his Havana home and he was forced to sleep on park benches for a while.
In November 1999, he was denounced by name by Fidel Castro as one of the dissidents who allegedly
planned to disrupt the Ibero-American Summit in Havana. Married, he has a 10-year-old daughter

Omar Rodríguez Saludes
Sentence: 27 years
Status: Camagüey, Kilo 8

Omar Rodriguez Saludes received the second longest sentence of 27 years.
He is an independent journalist and the head of Nueva Prensa agency (Havana).

Miguel Galván Gutiérrez
Sentence: 26 years
Status: Matanzas, Agüica

Miguel Galván is a journalist for Havana Press agency (Güines).

Victor Rolando Arroyo
Sentence: 26 years
Status: Chafirina, Guantanamo

Victor Rolando Arroyo is a journalist for the UPECI agency (Pinar del Río).

Normando Hernández González
Sentence: 25 years
Status: Santiago de Cuba, Boniato

Normando Hernández is the head of Independent College of Journalists agency (Camagüey).

Manuel Vázquez Portal
Sentence: 18 years
Status: Santiago de Cuba , Boniato

Manuel Vazquez Portal is a journalist with Grupo de Trabajo Decoro agency (Havana).

Plus thousands more...

3 posted on 11/12/2003 1:24:36 PM PST by The Bronze Titan
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