Monday, October 25, 2010

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Testimony: repress Cuban said at a meeting of People's Power

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 Braulio Rafael Cruz Basin is an Holguin city who said at a meeting of constituency People Power in the municipality Antilles, Holguín. For that reason was detained, fined and threatened to sue him, told Talk Press.

By Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez

Holguin, Oct. 21 / CihPress / Braulio Rafael realized that his house makes a corner. "They're doing a meeting of the constituency and say that the hospital Antilles and women can not deliver. Because there are no obstetricians, and no other recovery room things. "
I'm combing my room and listening to the meeting. I finished dress, and say sir, this can be possible. Were all Heads of West Indies, Norge Ricardo, president of People's Power Communist Party leaders.
I leave with very good form, I turn to the delegate of People's Power Pupa last name, and permission to speak, and say, Pupa, with your permission, let me ask you a question:

When Mariana Grajales, Maceo bore them all, there were all conditions, those that you mentioned?

Now, you need a hospital in West Indies, for a woman. How is that possible!
Look, I was born on January 2, 1970, and was born in the hospital here Antilles, and there was no ultrasound, nor was there anything like that. Nothing most doctors were willing to work, hope that the people to feel satisfied. That is what is not there now. Because
when given a mission and go to Africa or Haiti, in an earthquake women give birth in the open, in tents, where take delivery. If caught in the middle of a park right there make it delivery. So why here in the hospital for
West Indies can not do delivery, for what reason.

I'll tell you a recent testimony, there is a neighbor of mine that if no regrets and I can testify to the truth. The daughter-she sent to Moa and Moa Antilles is 200 kilometers.

Can you imagine a family loading Moa extra bag here? What do you happens to you, you do not want to work, or is they want this runs down?
We are trying to push it, but if they push too better, faster fall.
So when I say this, a policeman in front of me out and tell me I have no right to ask anything, and leads me to the unit local police.

In the unit asks for my ID, to verify data I put the computer in a fine of 30 pesos. I wonder where work. Work in the railroad shops. When I feel fine to sign said he would not sign it because it had not committed any crime or had been disrespectful to anyone. Because I asked permission to speak. As stated in Article 19 of the Magna Carta Human Rights.
I have the right to free expression, and Article 63 of the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba, says it well. In the book 9th grade civics in this country it is published.
So tell the police, well come here and why this officer fine. And he says, because you sabotage a social gathering. I say, not sabotage any meeting, because I asked permission, and asked the Mariana Grajales delegate if when all Maceo Parian
were the conditions you are demanding for women in this county to give birth.
I said, well if you do not sign the fine can be removed, and no worry that you will duplicate and bring to justice, and if Additional questions may not be withdrawn.
I said, "I questions I have many, what happens is that you do not has an answer for me, and grabbed and pulled me out of the station Police ...
Law 72, on the people's governments indicates that every citizen Cuban may participate in any part of the country in meetings and also vote. But with the attitude of the military, is shown Again, as the law enforcement authorities have focused repress or dissenting citizens that think the Castro regime in the People's assemblies.
Braulio Rafael Cruz Basin is in the house at number 62 rue Céspedes, West Indies, Holguín.
October 2010 by Drafting.



Ciego de Avila Provincial Headboard, October 21, 2010, (PD) The process of releasing political prisoners announced in a press release Archbishop of Havana, published in the newspaper Granma, in edition of July 8, 2010, prompting many people inside and Cuba beyond calling it "the beginning of political changes the Castro regime and indeed, in his conduct with the rights issue humans. "

For nature of the Cuban regime is totalitarian and intolerant to the democratic ideas, liberators and reformers. A few days publication of the notice, President Raul Castro made it clear position of his government. In a speech delivered on August 1 during the 5th Session of the National Assembly Popular. Here said and I quote: "No one should be deceived. No impunity for the enemies of the fatherland, for those who attempt to compromise our independence. The defense of our sacred achievements and our streets and squares will be the first duty of the revolutionaries who can not be deprived of this right. "

Of leftover know who is the enemy. The statement leaves no room for doubt. According to the popular proverb, 'tree born crooked, never its trunk straightens. " Recent events involving repression of peaceful opposition, members of the Democratic Party November 30, reaffirmed that position.

On 10 October 142 anniversary of the beginning of the wars of independence, was the timing of the conclusion of the first party congress opposition, organized to take place in the western, central and eastern Cuba. The military regime Castro organized a package measures to prevent the event, carried forward by the State Security police. During the operation police, national, highlighted the following cases.

Rogelio Tabío López, CEO of the illegal party in the eastern region was victim for days with acts of repudiation carried out by more than 700 people targeted by police and transported Safety State. The mob surrounded his house in the city of Guantanamo Armed with sticks, stones and iron rods. Inside the house nine were peaceful opponents, his wife and two children old. A few days before beat him severely beaten on open track public, which caused many injuries.

In the city of Ciego de Avila, conference venue in the central region, the stations rail terminals and inter provincial bus were besieged the October 10 by members of the Security Police State full civil and also uniform. This was a maneuver intimidation, harassment and persecution of representatives of provinces arrived in the territory.

Joan David Gonzalez Milan, delegated by the municipality Santa Cruz del Sur, was arrested 24 hours. The opponent's home Luis Ortega Rivero, home the meeting in the region avileña, was besieged by cars of the Guardia Operational police and Interior Ministry officials, paramilitaries and the State Security Police in an attempt boycott the meeting.

Meivis Mulens and Hector Nodarse, delegated by the province and municipality Florida Camaguey respectively, were intercepted by military and verified their identities. Alfredo Fernández Silva, secretary general functions of the Democratic Party November 30 at his home in La Habana was victims of acts of repudiation, intimidation and visits harassment, where he was threatened with imprisonment by activity subversive.

Phones tapped, homes besieged intimidation, deportation within the country, arrests momentary and a large police summonses etc., are among others, measures applied by the military regime in recent days.

Against my person would have much to say, but an elemental sense of ethics, will not let me. Nevertheless, Congress did take place.

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People queue to buy the Official Gazette at a distribution center in Havana October 25, 2010. Cuba has set income tax rates at 25 to 50 percent for its soon to be expanded private sector, with the biggest earners paying the most taxes, according to official decrees published on Monday. The new tax rates came out in the Official Gazette as the government prepares to cut 500,000 workers from state payrolls and issue 250,000 new licenses for self-employment to create new jobs.… Read more »
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Cuba self-employed to pay taxes up to 50 percent

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba has set income tax rates at 25 to 50 percent for its soon to be expanded private sector, with the biggest earners paying the most taxes, according to official decrees published on Monday.
The rates will range from nothing for those making 5,000 pesos -- equivalent to $225 -- or less a year to 50 percent for those in the highest bracket, which is more than 50,000 pesos, or $2,252.
The new tax rates came out in the Official Gazette as the government prepares to cut 500,000 workers from state payrolls and issue 250,000 new licenses for self-employment to create new jobs in President Raul Castro's biggest economic reform so far.
Those making more than 5,000 pesos will have to pay taxes, starting at a rate of 25 percent and rising from there as income increases.
The cash-strapped government is looking to the self-employed to increase tax revenues to help pay for expensive social programs such as free health care and education.
Last week the government, in a story in Communist Party newspaper Granma, warned that tax scofflaws "will feel the weight of the law imposed upon them by those mandated to enforce it, the National Tax Office."
The gazette, where the government publishes in thick legalese its new laws and decrees, is not usually a hot seller, but on Monday in Havana people could be seen lining up at newsstands to buy copies, then quickly leafing through them on the street.
Many Cubans have expressed interest in opening their own businesses, with the hope of earning more than the country's $20 a month average salary.
Currently, about 85 percent of the country's labor force of more than 5 million works for the state. Castro, who took over from his ailing older brother Fidel Castro in 2008, wants to trim that number and cut costs.
As of the end of 2009, there were only 143,000 licensed self-employed, although thousands more worked for themselves illegally.
Reaction on the street to the thick decrees, which came out in two separate editions of the gazette, was mixed.
Antonio Soria, a shoemaker working for the state, said he intends to start his own business and views it as a chance to help both himself and the state.
"As a private shoemaker I can retire and have financial support for the future," he said.
"This is a way to contribute to the state's income. Remember that health care and education are free and now that we have the chance to have small businesses, we have to help the country."
Transport worker Ibrahim Fernandez said he supports the private sector expansion, but worried taxes will be too high to encourage small businesses.
"From what I've been able to understand, the topic of the licenses has a defect, which is that they are overcharging taxes. Very expensive, the taxes," he said.
In last week's Granma story, the government outlined a new tax code it said was friendlier to small businesses because while it requires new taxes, it also allows bigger tax deductions.
For the first time since Cuba nationalized small businesses in 1968, the self-employed will be able to legally hire workers.
The regulations issued on Monday said they would have to pay a labor tax amounting to 25 percent of the average salary for their work.
(Additional reporting by Esteban Israel; Editing by Jeff Franks and Jerry Norton)

Cuba makes self-employment rules official

Cuba publishes rules for self-employment into law, gives new details on taxes

, On Monday October 25, 2010, 2:06 pm
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba has made official the grand economic changes it announced last month, publishing nearly 100 pages of rules and regulations for small businesses in the government Gazette.
The move means eagerly anticipated licenses for the self-employed should be around the corner, and already on Monday, lines of potential entrepreneurs formed at several government offices around the capital.
Cuba announced on Sept. 13 that it would lay off half a million workers and push many of them into the private sector. It later detailed some 178 private jobs that will be allowable, the most significant economic changes on the island since the early 1990s. But the rules did not become law until they were published Monday.
They allow Cubans over the age of 17 to start their own business, so long as they are permanent residents. Citizens can also apply for licenses for more than one business. They will even be allowed to sell their services to the state, though there will be strict transparency rules to try to stave off corruption.
The law also establishes up to six months of sick leave and a year of maternity leave so that self-employed workers don't have to pay tax while they are not earning.
"I hope this license will bring me a better future," said Lazaro Ramos, who was waiting outside a government office in Havana's 10 de Octubre neighborhood. Ramos, 34, said he was unemployed but was hoping to get permission to make pinatas for children's parties. "The economy is not good. But with this, I will be able to make ends meet."
Officials took down personal information and told applicants to come back in a couple of weeks for more information. It was not clear how long it would take to process the licenses.
The rules published Monday detail four kinds of taxes for the private sector: a sliding personal income tax, a sales tax, a public service tax and a payroll tax. It also establishes minimum monthly fees for different kinds of businesses, as well as deductions Cuban can take to reduce their tax burden.
Some of the tax rules were detailed in the Communist Party newspaper Granma last week, but the newspaper account lacked crucial details and contained several contradictions.
The lengthy rules laid out in the government Gazette clear up most of the uncertainty.
The law establishes 178 private activities for which licenses can be granted -- everything from restaurateur to taxi driver, from button maker to party planner. The majority of those businesses will be eligible for a simplified tax system that establishes a monthly quota regardless of revenue.
For instance, parking attendants would pay 80 pesos ($4) a month, while typing instructors would have to fork over 100 pesos ($5) monthly. Barbers have one of the highest fees: 200 pesos ($10) a month.
Those not eligible for the simplified tax system -- jobs like taxi driver, plumber and rooming house operator -- will pay a 25 percent income tax on the first 10,000 pesos ($476) earned each year, with the rate rising for those who earn more. Income exceeding 50,000 pesos ($2,381) a year will be taxed at 50 percent.
Businesses will also be subject to a 10 percent levy on the total value of their sales, and those that use public services like electricity and water will have to pay a 10 percent tax on top of normal utility rates. The government heavily subsidizes public utilities, meaning the tax should amount to pennies for most businesses.
Entrepreneurs who hire employees will have to pay a 25 percent payroll tax on their salaries, and all Cubans who are self-employed must 25 percent of their income into a social security system from which they will eventually draw a pension.
The rules mean that, theoretically, a successful businessperson could face taxes of nearly 75 percent, between personal income tax and social security.
But the law also establishes many deductions for raw materials, transportation and other business expenses that make such a high rate unlikely.
Cuba is in the midst of a major restructuring of its economy under President Raul Castro. The half million workers will be laid off by March 2011, and the Cuban leader has warned that another 500,000 state jobs must shed within the next five years. In total, that would be about 20 percent of the island's labor force.
Castro has insisted the changes do not mean the end of Cuba's socialist system. But he says the cash-strapped government can no longer afford to subsidize every aspect of Cuban life and has warned Cubans they will have to work hard to make their own way.
The government currently employs about 85 percent of the labor force, paying workers about $20 a month but providing free or nearly free education, health care, housing, transportation and basic food.

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Monday, October 25, 2010 00:48
Las Damas de Blanco, the wives of Cuban political prisoners, called on Sunday for the European Union (EU) that maintain its Common Position on Cuba, as the Government has not "Enough change" to repeal, on the eve of the block examine its policy toward the island.

"Las Damas de Blanco ... What we say? To keep the Common Position, which is not yet time to change. You may may make minor variations, but not remove it, because Cuba has not been enough changes ", Told reporters the group leader Laura Pollan.

In Cuba "are not respecting human rights as it should be has not released all the prisoners as promised (...) then no we can say that everything is wonderful and they need to change " Pollan said, after marching down Fifth Avenue in Havana company of about thirty women.
The foreign ministers of the EU will meet Monday in Luxembourg to decide whether to maintain the common position or negotiate a cooperation agreement with Havana, and to evaluate the steps taken by the Cuban government in recent months with the release of political prisoners.
Adopted in 1996 by the Spanish government then headed by the conservative José María Aznar, the common position determines the changing relations with Cuba on human rights and democracy in the communist island, and to repeal is unanimity of the 27 EU member countries.
Pollan pointed out that "Remain in jail 13" of 52 political prisoners that the Government promised to release, after an unprecedented dialogue with the Catholic Church began in May.
"There is a banished, but there has not been released (...) there are still 13 and do not know when will be released, "explained Damas de Blanco leader, the group accuses the government of Raul Castro forcing prisoners to exile in Spain.
Since July, 39, 52, who remained in prison for Convicted 75 dissidents in 2003 - were released and emigrated to Spain, and eight other opponents, which are not included in that cause, were allowed to leave, three of whom traveled Thursday at Madrid.
Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas Award winner on Thursday European Parliament's 2010 Sakharov, denounced on Friday the Government "is using political prisoners as a bargaining chip for improve its image before the international community and primarily EU. "

Via MAFA/ Cuba Libre Digital
Last updated on Monday, October 25, 2010 00:52

Jimenez: "Cuba has made undeniable progress and the EU opened a new phase '

Jiménez, con el ministro de Exteriores belga, Steven Vanackere.| AfpJimenez, Belgian Foreign Minister, Steven Vanackere. | Afp
  • The Spanish minister had the clear support of France and Belgium
  • Ashton responsible to negotiate a possible trade and political pact
  • The progress of the talks will depend largely on the attitude of Cuba

In his debut as Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez, now that the EU managed to give its symbolic first step towards Cuba years as compensation for a quarantine release of political prisoners.
At the request of Spain, decided to instruct the Twenty Catherine Ashton, Head of EU foreign policy, to negotiate over the next two months with Havana possibility of an agreement on trade and political cooperation as those that exist with other Latin American countries. Ashton explained in December to the European foreign ministers how has your "Poll" for a long-term pact.
The Union will continue, however, the call Common Position on Cuba, a 1996 statement that calls for democratic transition and invited to talk with dissidents and it has no practical value but irritates Havana.
So far, the regime has rejected this European offers of dialogue, and countries like Germany, Sweden, Poland and Czech Republic turned to oppose today to remove the document. "Within Common Position to think and reflect, but we recognize that Cuba is doing, "said Ashton upon leaving the meeting.
"Cuba has made undeniable progress in recent months. We have asked our colleagues a signal, a change in the way EU relates to Cuba with the aim of supporting a long way more efficient processes and reforms, "the minister told a reporters after the meeting.
"With today's decision, EU makes it clear that a new phase in relations with the island" said. Jimenez welcomed a future pact "would normalize relations with Cuba. "The fact that there is talk of a new bilateral relationship is completely different EU-Cuba relations, " said.
Those present at the closed-door lunch in Luxembourg where discussed the relationship with the island say that the Spanish made a "Passionate defense" in favor of improving relations with Cuba.
The looseness of the Minister to be especially Foreign his first time impressed colleaguesThat also commented on their friendliness and their nerves to speak English (I did and in an acceptable manner). The minister, smiling, recognized the work of its predecessor. "What we have achieved today has been through Minister Moratinos. I just got here, "he said.
Despite the very warm welcome, several colleagues asked surprised by the departure of Moratinos. Foreign Minister French Bernard KouchnerSeemed to throw particularly sad for the loss: "Why have you changed?" He insisted.
At the meeting, Jimenez had the clear support of France or Belgium. Belgian Foreign Minister, Steven Vanackere, praised the work of the predecessor of "Trinity" (as he called the minister Spanish at a press conference): when asked by Cuba, said Moratinos "made every effort" and mediation has been "Some positive developments." "No good deed should remain free reward, "said the minister of Belgium, whose country chairs the half the EU.
In any case, the progress of the talks will depend largely on the attitude of the Cuban regime. The existing political dialogue between Brussels and Havana has little practical fruit.
Cuban Foreign Minister takes every meeting with the EU to criticize "the division" and "hypocrisy" of Europeans. Sources Community explained that the Spanish Government has ensured that its contacts with Havana indicate that this time, the system will be better provisions. "I appreciate the gesture," said the minister.
Another essential element is whether the Castro dictatorship allowed the dissident Guillermo Fariñas travel to Strasbourg on December 15 Sakharov Collection. In 2005, it prevented the Damas de BlancoThree years after that another dissident, Oswaldo Payá, Received the same award and gave an emotional speech on the floor calling for freedom for Cuba.
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Castro's candidate in Spain

Madrid - Castro is happy with the pact between the United "Izquierda" (left)Spanish Socialists. Has not remained silent at the news because Castro nose is silent or asleep. He said a diver delegaction "Balearic" on the island to stock up on cigars. I know you been jumping for joy. Pérez Roque, Minister of Exterior Relactions has been sent to make a costume for the ceremony of triunf. The embassy in Madrid is a party. Analyze the surveys and draw calculations, cross your fingers. It is as if Stalin back to life.As if the wall would magically been over take.. Pacos For Castro lalleg of fruits to power - the candidate of the Communist - even through the service door of the alliance with Joaquín Almunia, it is as if he were installed in the Moncloa. That means - is - a shortcut to the treasury, an ear for the Ministry of Defence, a steadfast ally to support its minuciosamenteineficaz old Soviet model. That will translate into more models soft loans that will never be returned. In more diplomatic support against the traitors gringos or against these insolent European ask for reformas that democracy and respect for human rights. Garantizala that complacency and silence of the Moncloa whatever you do in suinfinita satrapy.
But there's more. Castro assumes sentadoque a Communist Party political influence and ability to serve intrigale to harass Cuban exiles living in Spain. And he has very good reason to believe that. All Cuban the inteligence  infrastructure in Spain - which is huge - is supported framing of the Communist Party and Workers Commissions and his supervisors recruited by the `` Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples'' the arm of the political police. Are these unredeemed "camaradas" organizactions in fascist mob that used, for example, bumpers, spitting and insulting to the audience - ladies highs indeed too - the opening ceremony of the Hispano-Cuban Foundation that lidership the popular parliamentarian William Gortázar. They are the `` break''that acts involving the exiled intellectuals, more than once as has happened to Cabrera Infante, a HebertoPadilla, Alina Fernandez - Castro's daughter - and other Democrats engaged peace-writers  to explain their views or experiences will find yourself. I've been thirty years in Spain and learned aKnowledge. They are sometimes placed agents of influence in media decomunicación but under strict orders from Havana. Its function esdesinformar, discredit the Cuban opposition to scare Spanish losdemócratas dare not face the dictaduracubana. How do you charge? With money, free luxurious holiday enhoteles off-limits to Cubans, with scholarships for the children. So hiring for drug detoxification. Sometimes they pay with  sex and become caught between the legs of any partner `` complacent''skillfully placed by the Ministry of Interior of Cuba. I know several names, but I hate journalism often watered elque sewer in this rabble. Sometimes they are just thugs. In the mid eighty models in my office I received a book-bomb. To prepared was not kill me, but to scare me. One death was called a short work very dulce.Era under Simone de Beauvoir. Pages and had been cut instead had placed explosives - or something that seemed - y wires. As a `` bomb''was harmless, but the appearance erasiniestro. I called the police, naturally, and began lainvestigación. The track - I was told later - led to a call diplomatic false Eduardo Araoz, who was actually lutenent -oronel Cuban intelligence. But his partners were estascanalladas extremists linked to one of the many derivacionesdel Communist Party. Araoz's lover, a young Cuban after visited me at the office as a journalist - as I told thew police - for the Spanish authorities had a special interest: lahabían filmed in the Basque country to serve as a `` box''to the  ETA's terrorists..
When he believed that relations between Cuba  Spanish's  comunists and could not be narrower in 1988 happen to me something even more amazing: a  company's  thelephone  employee brought a phone that I did not ask. I was surprised, but not much attention lehice. My wife, more astute, and based on the principle that the Telefónica gives nothing, asked me to analyze the devise. The experts told me that he had a hidden microphone recorded that not only what was said by that means, but also picked up all conversations in my house within a radius of 15 meters, retransmitted to a receiver that should not be too far from my home . But the following explanation was even more disturbing: elempleado - whose name was not as blurred and almost perfect costume constituíaun personality - belonged to the `` cell Caimán''builded for services between communist Cuba and Co. Telephonic 's recruited for these duties. Years later, a brilliant young of the nomenklatura that `` defected''in Spain, Fructuoso Rodríguez - son of  a martyr of the revolution against Batista - he told me how in supresencia Cuba's ambassador in Madrid boasted misconversaciones listen.
I really do not know how someone who knows lasrelaciones Spanish Communist Party in Cuba - a dictatorship and years forty dedicated precisely to oppress workers as because in Cuba there are no capitalists since 1961 - or tolerance sucómplice all dictatorships Eastern Europe,can be believe that this political formation has the lowest sensibilidaddemocrática or think they will behave responsable when scope to power. Since freedom came to Spain I have heard a thousand times , fruits, another liders Angeles Master and the party to justify the oppression of Castro, looking for excuses , try to help to hold it. I've seen for a thousand colaborarcon embassy ignoble tasks, and between them, I have seen to contribuctions or to persecution and harassment of Democrats cubans' exile. For much less than that of the detestable the's austriacs os Haider abhorred today is exactly halfway around the world.  That Castro understand you want to win the Communists in Spain - are his accomplices yvaledores - but I can not explain what makes a Democrat in the same site of Castro.
February 20, 2000

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