Rice Riots in Havana port, Cuba
Saturday, June 26, 2010
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June 25 - Reports are starting to emerge of violent clashes between dockers and secret police in Havana, Cuba over a shipment of rice bound for Haiti, claiming it should stay on the island instead. Below is a translation of an article – date 16th June – being circulated in Spanish:
In the last few days we have been receiving reports of a serious incident that took place in the loading docks in the port of Havana, in which a large group of dockworkers emphatically refused to sanction the departure of a cargo of rice, bound for Haiti. The dockers protested violently, shouting that they were not prepared to assist the loading of the ship when their children were dying of hunger (rice apparently being effectively unavailable in Havana).
Confronted with the refusal of the dockworkers, “political police” arrived at the harbour and detained the most vocal protestors. According to reports, the ship was finally loaded by reservists from the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR).
Seeing as how no “independent journalist” (those who report on the “activities of the opposition”) has covered this, we had to find our own means of proving it. Today, having consulted various sources – including residents in the neighbourhoods of some of the detained individuals, such as El Calvario – we can confirm it as true.