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Cienfuegos People’s Power Vice President Assaulted By a Citizen

Cienfuegos People’s Power Vice Assaulted By a Citizen / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 11 June 2016 — Last Monday Asneida Muñoz Villa, vice
president of the People’s Power in the city of Cienfuegos, was assaulted
physically and verbally after asking for explanations from several
citizens who broke a sidewalk while repairing the water system,
according to the local newspaper 5 de Septiembre.

The official told the local media that he had asked to see the permit
issued by the municipal government to carry out the work. However, one
of the citizens who was engaged in the repair reacted angrily.

Muñoz Villa tried to call the , but the man grabbed his cellphone
and threw it to the ground. He then continued mouthing obscenities,
according to the official, who was pushed and the attacker even tried to
hit him with a shovel.

During the attack, the man shouted that the repair that was being done
meant “” for his children and didn’t accept the official’s reasons
for admonishing him. The People’s Power vice president lamented that
dozens of people were present at the time, but none came to his aid.

Following Muñoz’s complaint to the police, the man was and
charged with assault on authority. According to Article 142 of the Cuban
Penal Code, “Whoever employs or intimidation against an
authority, a public official, or his agents or assistants, to keep them
from performing an act of their duties, or to demand that they do it,
shall be punished by one to three years of imprisonment.”

Violence against officials of the People’s Power and the Communist Party
have occurred in the past in the province, but usually the official
press is silent about these incidents.

Source: Cienfuegos People’s Power Vice President Assaulted By a Citizen
/ 14ymedio – Translating Cuba –

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