CUBA : SPECIAL TROOPS FORCES IN THE ISLAND CURB STUDENTS PAQUISTANESES
Written by Stated in the field
Friday, September 10, 2010 9:22
A Cuban riot squad , never seen before but surprisingly well equipped and with fixed bayonets, helped contain a Pakistani student strike in Matanzas , according to a video of the events.
By JUAN O. TAMAYO / El Nuevo Herald
"We do not shake your hand against violence ,''said an official Cuban medical students in the video , broadcast on Wednesday at the Maria Elvira Live program on Mega TV in Miami.
The official said it was the second protest of the Pakistanis but gives no dates , adding that 15 leaders of the last statement would be sent home immediately.
A statement issued Thursday by the Cuban embassy in Pakistan, after parts of the video were published on the Internet, confirmed the protest but did not mention complaints from students concerning curriculum deficiencies and poor living conditions.
"Unfortunately, since the first months of 2007 so far , a small group of students has committed serious breaches of discipline repeatedly ,'' the statement said.
"These breaches of discipline have included, among other things, lack of respect for teachers, disobedience to the Cuban authorities not to attend classes , inappropriate behavior , physical aggression [... ] along with violence ,''said the statement, published online by the Pakistan Observer.
The video shows many black-clad riot police and surprisingly well equipped for a country where riots are something very rare, with tear gas grenade , sticks , dogs and helmets with visors . Several officers carrying AK rifles with fixed bayonets.
About five players are pushing a group briefly a few dozen students, some with Muslim -style caps . But the video shows no sign of violence.
It is unclear whether the unit first seen in public, belongs to the Ministry of the Interior or the armed forces, but its deployment indicates that the government is well prepared for street riots .
"It's a well-equipped unit , which has never been seen before, but he showed he is ready for anything serious ,''said Camilo Loret de Mola, who appeared at the Maria Elvira Salazar program that broadcast the video.
Loret de Mola said the video was received from a Cuban who declined to identify . The program segments aired Wednesday and Thursday.
The protest was held at the School of Medicine Maximo Santiago Haza, in Jaguey Grande, Matanzas province , where nearly 1,000 Pakistanis studying medicine with grants received after the devastating earthquake that hit the country in 2005.
S : Cuba Libre Digital / El Nuevo Herald / Front Line LPPNEWS simultaneous translation