Great-great-grandparents' home seized from dissident
HAVANA, December 13 (Juan Carlos Linares Balmaseda / www.cubanet.org) – A rustic one-room house with outdoor plumbing that belonged to the great-great-grandparents of dissident Alejandro Miguel Novoa Saldívar has been seized from him because of his political views.
Although Novoa, 35, had legal title to the house, he did not live there. Instead, he loaned it to Grisell de la Caridad Ruiz and her husband, both dissidents. They have a small child.
Novoa lived in the Alamar district in his mother-in-law’s three-room apartment which he shared with her, his wife, son, brother-in-law and his wife, as well as an ailing sister-in-law.
On November 15, the housing director in Regla, Susana Pérez Ferrol issued an order seizing Nova’s house. “It has been proved that in the residence occupied by Grisell de la Caridad Ruiz and other members of the nuclear family a negative political behavior is maintained, therefore, socially reproachable,” said the order. It said that Novoa was a member of an “anti-revolutionary group” and that he had carried on “traitorous activities” in the house.
Novoa, a member of the opposition Democratic Solidarity party, was detained November 28 and held on suspicion of robbery. While he was being held, police broke down the door of the one-room house, removed all personal effects and turned the building over to another couple.
Novoa has since been fired from his job as a night watchman.