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Cuba brands as illegal U.S.-created ‘Cuban Twitter'

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has branded as illegal a U.S. project to quietly create a Twitter-like service in Cuba to promote political opposition, saying it shows that Washington has not given up its "subversive" campaign of undermining the island's government. The U.S. government on Thursday admitted it had created a service similar to Twitter in Cuba in a "discreet" operation intended to promote democracy on the communist-ruled island, after the $1.2 million effort was revealed by the Associated Press news agency.

Cuban opposition group reports 1,051 political arrests

Havana, Mar 3 (EFE).- The opposition Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation said Monday that in February there were at least 1,051 political arrests in Cuba. In its monthly report on political repression, the commission also registered 137 "acts of repudiation" involving insults and taunts, 221 physical attacks, 57 cases of harassment and 14 acts of vandalism, which, it said, are "attributable in every case to the political secret police and to parapolice elements."

Cuban opposition group reports 1,051 political arrests

Havana, Mar 3 (EFE).- The opposition Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation said Monday that in February there were at least 1,051 political arrests in Cuba. In its monthly report on political repression, the commission also registered 137 "acts of repudiation" involving insults and taunts, 221 physical attacks, 57 cases of harassment and 14 acts of vandalism, which, it said, are "attributable in every case to the political secret police and to parapolice elements."

Raul Castro welcomes home Cuban spy freed by U.S.

Havana, Feb 28 (EFE).- President Raul Castro went to Havana's Jose Marti International Airport on Friday to greet a Cuban intelligence agent returing to the island after spending more than 15 years in a U.S. prison. Fernando Gonzalez, one of five Cuban spies convicted by a Miami jury in 2001, was released Thursday and promptly deported. Castro, who said he was welcoming Gonzalez in the name of "all Cuban people," gave the returning spy a military salute before embracing him.

Cuban dissidents lay out roadmap for political reform

Havana, Feb 19 (EFE).- Dissidents and activists inside and outside of Cuba are laying out a roadmap toward consensus on a constitutional reform that would usher in political change on the Communist-ruled island, promoters of the project said here Wednesday. The initiative, presented at a press conference in Havana by the leader of the Arco Progresista group, Manuel Cuesta Morua, is backed by dozens of activists and more than 50 dissident organizations in Cuba and among exiles in countries like the United States, Spain, Panama and Chile.

Cuba to see campaign for constitutional reform

A campaign aimed at bringing about constitutional reform in Cuba will soon be launched with the support of domestic and international opposition groups, a prominent dissident announced Wednesday. The campaign will aim to gather the 10,000 signatures necessary under Cuban law to file a reform bid in the one-party state's national assembly. "It is more important to change the nature of power than to change those exercising power," dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua told reporters as he presented the campaign, titled "Roadmap: toward constitutional change."

Cuba to see campaign for constitutional reform

A campaign aimed at bringing about constitutional reform in Cuba will soon be launched with the support of domestic and international opposition groups, a prominent dissident announced Wednesday. The campaign will aim to gather the 10,000 signatures necessary under Cuban law to file a reform bid in the one-party state's national assembly. "It is more important to change the nature of power than to change those exercising power," dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua told reporters as he presented the campaign, titled "Roadmap: toward constitutional change."

Cuban dissident completes 4th day of hunger strike

Havana, Feb 14 (EFE).- Cuban dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez completed the fourth day of a hunger strike at his home besieged by State Security, wife Iris Perez told Efe. In a telephone conversation from the central Cuban town of Placetas, Perez said that her husband, commonly known as "Antunez," is "very frail" and complained that their home remains "surrounded" by authorities. Antunez began fasting last Monday in protest over a Feb. 5 incident that involved the search of his home and confiscation of some possessions.

Cuban dissident completes 4th day of hunger strike

Havana, Feb 14 (EFE).- Cuban dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez completed the fourth day of a hunger strike at his home besieged by State Security, wife Iris Perez told Efe. In a telephone conversation from the central Cuban town of Placetas, Perez said that her husband, commonly known as "Antunez," is "very frail" and complained that their home remains "surrounded" by authorities. Antunez began fasting last Monday in protest over a Feb. 5 incident that involved the search of his home and confiscation of some possessions.

Majority of Americans support normalizing relations with Cuba: poll

By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A strong majority of Americans - and an even greater percentage of Floridians - support normalizing relations with Cuba, according to a poll released on Tuesday by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank. In an apparent boost to efforts to end the half-century-old economic embargo against Cuba, the poll found that 56 percent of respondents nationally favored changing U.S. Cuba policy, a number that rose to 63 percent when just counting Florida residents.
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