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Cuban Human Rights Activist’s House Reportedly Surrounded By Mobs

March 22, 1988

MIAMI (AP) _ Cuban dissident Ricardo Bofill’s home in Havana has been surrounded by people protesting his activities on behalf of human rights, and he appears to be under house arrest, a newspaper said today.

Bofill, president of the Pro Human Rights Committee of Cuba, was forced back into his house when he tried to leave, said Jerry Scott, press attache of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, told the Spanish-language edition of The Miami Herald on Monday.

″The mobs have been organized by the (Cuban) government,″ said Hilda Felipe, a delegate of the Cuban committee who does not live in Cuba. ″They have followed him, insulted him on the bus and the mobs in front of his home have thrown rocks at him.″

A diplomatic source who asked not to be identified told El Nuevo Herald that the Cuban government wanted to destroy Bofill’s image and put him in prison before a scheduled United Nations Human Rights Commission visit to Cuba.

Since last week Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party, has published a series of articles criticizing Bofill.

Ms. Felipe said she had been assured by contacts in Cuba that the protest against Bofill was not supported by the community at large but backed solely by the government.

The U.S. Interests Section in Havana operates out of the Swiss embassy because the United States and Cuba don’t have diplomatic relations.

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