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Shifting tides of power in Cuba? Group submits petition calling for removal of culture minister

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a new indication of shifting tides of power in Cuba, more than 9,000 people have signed a petition calling for the removal of the country’s minister of culture, Alpidio Alonso.

The Cuban activist group 27N submitted a legal request for Alonso’s removal to the National Assembly of People’s Power on February 3 on behalf of nearly 1,300 artists, intellectuals, and activists. Alonso was captured on video physically confronting protestors at the gates of the Ministry of Culture during a peaceful demonstration on January 27th calling for the release . . .

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