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Becky is now employed full-time at Miccosukee Indian Gaming, where I believe she will be appreciated for her loyalty. She now works for a company that will reward her with good wages and benefits. The new owners of Dade Corners should take a few lessons from Bob Dollar and the Miccosukee Tribe about how to treat employees.
Miami Terrorism: See It Like a Native
Emiliano (The Man from Another Planet) Antunez attacked me personally in his last letter to New Times (May 8). He said I was a "hired gun." What an original thought! Worse than that, however, was his statement that my "accusations of terrorism can't be backed by proof." Well, Mr. Antunez, here is just a sampling of that proof:
*1975: Luciano Nieves was slain by assassins from the so-called Pragmatista organization, which had previously been unsuccessful in stalking Replica magazine publisher Max Lesnik. Nieves was a lawyer who had spoken out for peaceful co-existence and dialogue with Cuba.
*1976: After Emilio Milian completed a radio broadcast critical of bombing and assassinations in the exile community, a bomb exploded in his car, blowing off his legs.
*1981: Omega 7 planted a bomb outside American Airways Charter, a Hialeah travel agency involved in facilitating federally authorized trips to Cuba. The FBI said the bomb was designed to kill, not just destroy property. Ramon Saul Sanchez, the current "leader" of the freedom flotilla to Cuba, spent four years in prison for refusing to testify about a suspected Omega 7 attack in New York City.
*1986: Members of the South Florida Peace Coalition were attacked and stoned by city officials and members of Alpha 66 while peacefully demonstrating against the Nicaraguan contra war.
*1987: Five bombs exploded in separate incidents at businesses that either send packages to Cuba or arrange for travel to Cuba.
*1988: A bomb exploded outside the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture following an auction of paintings. Also that year, a bomb exploded at the home of professor Maria Cristina Herrera, organizer of a debate over U.S.-Cuba relations.
*1989: Two bombs went off at Marazul Charters, which operated federally authorized flights to Cuba.
*1990: Another bomb exploded outside the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture, this one much more powerful than the first, causing nearly $20,000 worth of damage. The FBI released this statement: "The individuals believed responsible for these actions have targeted businesses, museums, and individuals who the subjects believe have advocated a better relationship with Castro's Cuba."
*1992: Three men broke into the radio station where Radio Progreso was aired and beat and tied up one of the employees and damaged the station's equipment.
*1993: Radio station WAQI-AM (Radio Mambi), through Armando Perez-Roura, helped to instigate a riot on Coral Way against people who were lawfully demonstrating against the Cuban embargo. The City of Miami Police Department's "after action" report specifically placed the blame for the violence on the radio station as well as others.
*1994: Replica magazine offices were hit with two fire bombs. Also that year Emilia Gonzalez, an attendee at a conference in Havana, was assaulted in the presence of her two grandchildren when clients and employees of a beauty salon locked the doors and restrained her while two employees hit her. Other conference attendees were assaulted and harassed in Miami upon their return from Havana.
*1996: Centro Vasco, a well-known restaurant, was fire-bombed because it hired a singer who had not renounced the Cuban government. The restaurant, an institution in Miami for years, was forced to close. That same year people attending a concert by respected jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba were spat upon, pushed, shoved, and otherwise assaulted. Rubalcaba's crime: He maintained a home in Cuba.
Each of these events was well publicized in the Miami press, particularly the Spanish-language press, so the message was clear: If you oppose the most militant point of view toward Cuba -- in any form -- you will be harassed, assaulted, or killed. It is no wonder Miami is the only place in the United States that has been the subject of two America's Watch reports for its blatant violations of human rights. Mr. Antunez's remarks that there isn't "any proof" reminds me of the people who say the Holocaust never happened.
Ira J. Kurzban
Miami Terrorism: Outrageous but True
If Emiliano Antunez had been living on this planet, he would have realized that his thoughtless accusations are precisely the kind that (in Miami) could cost a person his life. Antunez's claim about "unfounded" acts of terrorism in Miami is embarrassingly naive.
Terrorism and the violation of human rights, in Miami or in Cuba, are violations of human rights. Period! It is hypocritical for people who benefit from and live in a country founded on democracy to believe it is okay to haphazardly threaten the lives of men, women, and families based on information printed by irresponsible reporters and radio stations with political agendas.
It is outrageous that people should have their lives threatened or businesses destroyed because they play music by Cuban artists or display contemporary Cuban artwork. Such violent censorship does not reflect a respect for the principles of democracy. It reflects knee-jerk reactionary behavior that only results in injury, not change. In fact, such intolerance undermines democracy. Worse, however, are people like Antunez who want to pretend this does not happen.
I'm sorry, Mr. Antunez, but I'm still not convinced that you've been living on this planet.