Cuban Government Imprisons Operators of Independent Libraries

The Chronicle of Higher Education has This Story [Sub. Required] on the Cuban government's continuing crackdown on political dissidents. It has dealt a serious blow to the independent-library movement on the island, which had become a key source of information for Cuban scholars since its emergence in 1998.

More than a dozen independent librarians were among the 36 dissidents sentenced on Monday to prison terms of 12 to 27 years, according to Gisela Delgado, director of the library movement.

"These people were convicted because they committed illegal acts against the country," Gustavo Beliz, a spokesman at the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City, said Wednesday. "This has nothing to do with libraries."