Government seizes land from independent farmer
CIEGO DE AVILA, Cuba, March 29 (Abel Escobar / www.cubanet.org) – The
agriculture ministry has seized state land that Manuel Ramírez Guerra,
president of the Independent Farmers of Ciego de Avila, had been using
for the past 10 years.
Ramírez Guerra said the seizure was the latest incident since he founded
the farm, movement six months ago. He said since then he has been fined
twice, for 200 and 1,000 pesos, lost the use of his own tractor and had
his home attacked.
He said that officials from the agriculture ministry issued him a
citation March 13. he said he was told the state was taking back the
land and would also seize his tractor unless it was put to use on behalf
of the government.