Farmer fined week's salary and peanut bars seized
SANTA CLARA, Cuba, November 14 (Niurvys Díaz Remond, Cubanacán Press / www.cubanet.org) – Farmer Guillermo Casabuena Montesinos was fined 60 pesos – the equivalent of an average workman’s salary for a week – for allegedly planning to illegally sell 56 peanut bars he intended to give as gifts to friends and relatives.
Casabuena Montesinos was stopped by authorities when he alighted from a bus, which had brought him last week from the small town of Corralillo, and his possessions were searched.
The authorities seized the peanuts bars which he had prepared from a crop of peanuts he had cultivated and fined him for selling them without a license.
He protested that they were gifts for friends and relatives he planned to visit in Santa Clara.
“When I asked for s receipt for the peanut bars, I was told that one was not necessary, that they now had possession of them,” he said.
Casabuena Montesinos is a member of the dissident Democratic Christian Movement.