Yucatecan Jalil Escalante and Quintana Roo native Brenda Iñigo, winners of the Mayan Cycling Tour – The Yucatan Times

Jalil Escalante Ayuso from Yucatan and Brenda Iñigo Gámez from Cancun, were proclaimed champions of their respective branches, in the first Vuelta Maya de Ciclismo, which took place during three intense days in the state and concluded today with the time trial.

After a grueling competition, where they went to the coast, then to the swings of the Puuc route and the test of this day, on the Merida-Progreso highway, the winners of the different categories were defined.

On the last day, the riders left from the Watopia store, near the La Ceiba Golf Club, and rode solo, finishing with a distance of 20 kilometers, to select the five best riders in each division.

In the men’s elite category, Jalil Escalante Ayuso, from Club Zorros, Mérida, took the competition from start to finish, finishing with an accumulated time of 5.45.51 hours.

In second place was Emilio Romero, who finished with 5.47.45 hours, followed by Elías Montañez with 5.47.55.

In the women’s category, Brenda Iñigo Gámez took the crown with a time of 5.31.54 hours, ahead of Alexia Zetina with 5.35.23 and Ana Lugo Morales with 5.39.20 hours.

The Under-23 men’s race was led by the men from Campeche, where Irving Pérez took the lead with 6.13.02 hours, ahead of Benjamín Muñoz with 6.23.34 and César Obando Chanito with 6.25.59 hours.

Likewise, Josué Stevanato took the honors in master A with 6.12.20 hours, escorted by Edmundo Robledo with 6.12.24 and Gabriel Cardozo with 6.14.25 hours.

In master B, the title went to Gabriel Burgos with 7.06.05 hours, seconded by Lorenzo Medina with 7.06.36 and Elías Dogre with 7:07.46 hours.

At the end of the event, the awards ceremony was held, headed by Jorge Pacheco, president of the organizing committee, accompanied by Josué Stevanato and representatives of the National Guard.

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Die Ukraine will die seit Monaten schwer umkämpfte Stadt Bachmut trotz einen hohen Zahl an getöteten Soldaten nicht aufgeben. “Stand heute ist unsere Hauptaufgabe, die zahlenmäßig überlegenen Streitkräfte des Feindes zu zermürben und ihnen schwere Verluste zuzufügen”, sagt der Befehlshaber der ukrainischen Bodentruppen, General Oleksandr Syrskyj, in einer Videobotschaft an Soldaten. “Das wird die notwendigen Bedingungen schaffen, um zur Befreiung von ukrainischem Gebiet beizutragen und unseren Sieg zu beschleunigen.” Russland fokussiere sich weiterhin auf das Gebiet um Bachmut. Für die Führung in Moskau ist die Einnahme der Stadt ein wichtiger Teil bei dem Versuch, die vollständige Kontrolle über den Donbass im Osten der Ukraine zu gewinnen. In Bachmut lebten einst 70.000 Menschen. Doch mittlerweile ist die Stadt nach den bereits seit etwa acht Monaten andauernden Kämpfen weitgehend zerstört.

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Ronald Jones officially signs with Dallas Cowboys

KANSAS CITY, MO – NOVEMBER 27: Ronald Jones #2 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks off of the field against the Los Angeles Rams at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

After a year sitting on the sidelines for the majority of the year, running back Ronald Jones hopes for more playing time with the Cowboys.

Ronald Jones is likely hoping for a lot more playing time in 2023. Perhaps the Dallas Cowboys can give it to him.

The Cowboys reportedly signed Jones to a new contract in free agency, a one-year deal that will give him the chance to step into an oft-used backfield as a replacement for Ezekiel Elliott, who was released earlier this offseason after several years with the team.

Jones signed with the Kansas City Chiefs a year ago on a single-season, low-money deal that was supposed to provide him a chance to shine in a new offense after some frustrating years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Instead, the Chiefs found they liked Jones as an option yet they liked other competitors better. That left him as a healthy scratch most weeks—a sort of halfback purgatory from which he could not wiggle free.

That’s not for lack of trying. Jones even stated his case on social media before the NFL trade deadline that he hoped to move on and find a place to play but the Chiefs didn’t budge. While Jones likely wished for more carries, he did get the chance to earn another Super Bowl ring in the process.

In his lone season with the Chiefs, Jones had only 17 carries for 70 yards and 1 touchdown as he watched rookie back Isiah Pacheco take over the position and Jerick McKinnon gobble up whatever was left. In four seasons before this, however, he did average 4.5 yards and show healthy production in four seasons with the Bucs, which bodes well for a better showing going forward.

민주당, ‘호화 관사 논란’ 감사원장 권익위 신고…‘표적 감사’ 맞불? / KBS 2023.03.28.

최재해 감사원장이 취임 몇 달 만에 관사 개·보수에 1억 원 넘는 세금을 써 논란이 일었는데요. 민주당이 이 과정에 위법은 없었는지 밝혀달라며 최 원장을 권익위원회에 신고했습니다. 공교롭게도 감사원 감사를 받고 있는 전현희 권익위원장이 이번엔 조사 주체가 된 셈인데, 전 위원장은 조사 업무에는 손을 떼겠다고 밝혔습니다. 이승재 기자의 보도입니다.


최재해 감사원장이 2021년 11월 취임한 뒤 입주한 서울 구기동의 관사입니다.

관사 마당 가로등을 바꾸는데 2,300만 원이 들었고, 마당 정자를 교체하는 데는 2천만 원, 꽃나무 화분 등 마당 정원 정비에만 모두 6천만 원 넘게 썼습니다.

이렇게 입주 약 8개월 동안 관사 개·보수에 쓰인 세금은 1억 4천만 원에 달했습니다.

[최재해/감사원장/2월 15일 : “(코로나19 때문에) 만찬 같은 것을 하려 해도 지금 실내에서 하기는 그 당시에 좀 그렇고 야외에서 어떻게 할 수 있는 방안을 강구하다가.”]

여기에 사비로 내야 할 10개월 치 유지 관리비, 1천1백여만 원을 누가 부담했는지도 논란 대상입니다.

이에 민주당이 예산 과다 사용과 쪼개기 계약, 관리비 대리 지출 의혹 등을 밝혀달라며 최 원장을 국민권익위원회에 신고했습니다.

[박주민/더불어민주당 의원/어제 : “(다른 기관장 공관에는) 먼지떨이식 조사를 진행하더니 본인 감사에 대해서는 한 달이 넘도록 감감무소식입니다. 외부 조사 필요성이 높아지고 있습니다.”]

신고를 받은 전현희 권익위원장은 SNS를 통해 “감사원이 권익위에 살벌한 표적 감사를 진행했다”며 “이제는 입장이 바뀌어 감사원장 국고 횡령 의혹 등에 대한 조사를 앞둔 상황”이라고 밝혔습니다.

또 “정치적 편향 없이 철저히 조사하겠다”면서 “자신은 정치적 오해를 차단하기 위해 직무 회피 신고 조치를 했다”고 덧붙였습니다.

이에 대해 감사원은 보도 참고 자료를 내고 “일각의 주장과 달리 예산집행 실태를 자체 점검하고 있었다”며 “사실 관계가 확인되는 대로 국회에 보고할 예정”이라고 설명했습니다.

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Political Repression in Cuba Ahead of the 2023 Parliamentary Elections

On 26 March 2023, voters will elect 470 deputies to Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power, who, in addition to fulfilling legislative functions during their five-year term, will be nominating Cuba’s next head of state. The government has characterized Cuba’s political system as a grassroots democracy, where candidacies to the parliament largely emerge from municipal authorities and are approved by the National Candidate Commission, a body composed of social organizations, such as labor unions and student associations.1International Foundation for Electoral Systems, ‘Election for Cuban National Assembly of People’s Power,’ 2023; Al Jazeera, ‘Cuban opposition calls on voters to skip upcoming local elections,’ 24 November 2022 

In practice, however, Cuba’s electoral process has been criticized for blocking opposition members’ access to power. Notably, the Council for Democratic Transition in Cuba, a platform created by opposition members to promote pluralism, freedom, and human rights, has called voters to boycott the upcoming elections, after pro-government supporters reportedly prevented several opposition candidates from running in the November 2022 municipal elections.2CiberCuba, ‘Candidato independiente logra nominación a elecciones municipales en Cuba,’ 22 November 2022; Ivette Pacheco, ‘Activistas promueven campaña “Yo me abstengo” con vistas a elecciones del 26 de marzo en Cuba (VIDEO),’ Radio Televisión Martí, 6 March 2023 

Criticism of Cuba’s political freedom ahead of the 2023 electoral process takes place against a backdrop of anti-government mobilization and state repression of dissenting voices during the mandate of incumbent President Miguel Díaz-Canel. In 2021, the state responded to a historic uptick in demonstration activity prompted by shortages of basic goods and COVID-19 restrictions. In turn, state repression has targeted activists and opposition figures.3Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos, ‘2021 – Detenciones Arbitrarias,’ 202 The government is also set to harden the crackdown on dissent with a new penal code that came into force in December 2022. The code criminalizes those “endangering the functioning of the State and the Cuban government,” the sharing of “fake information” online, and the intentional offending of another person.4Amnesty International, ‘Cuba: New criminal code is a chilling prospect for 2023 and beyond,’ 2 December 2022 

This report explores the main demonstration and political violence trends in Cuba since 2018, and highlights the key challenges shaping the country’s upcoming elections. It finds that the government has used a combination of repressive tactics to quell the population’s growing frustration and dissent amid socio-economic hardship. These tactics include the targeting of civil society opposition members, an increasing use of violence targeting civilians during periods of heightened demonstration activity, a resurgence of pro-government groups engaging in repressive acts, and heightened levels of arrests and short-term detentions. 

Unaddressed grievances and repression might lead to lower voter turnout in the upcoming elections, which could, in turn, further undermine the legitimacy of Cuba’s next government. The election results will be unlikely to trigger immediate demonstrations, since deputy candidates run alone in each jurisdiction, leaving little doubt about the outcome of the vote. However, should the new parliament fail to provide solutions to the country’s economic challenges, long-term anti-government mobilization will likely continue. Meanwhile, against a backdrop of persisting repression of opposition members, the parliamentary elections will be unlikely to bring about increased political freedom, as Cuba’s highest power continues to be vested in the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, a position held by President Díaz-Canel since 2021. Opposition members’ vocal expressions of dissent could result in more repression.

Opposition Mobilization and State Repression

Between January 2019 and March 2023, ACLED records a minimum of 209 events of violence targeting civilians. Violence has taken place across the country but mostly in the capital region, with attacks against civilians typically increasing during heightened demonstration activity. During this period, at least one person was killed during the violent repression of an anti-government protest in the town of Batabano, where police beat one person to death on 12 July 2021. On the same day, in Arroyo Naranjo, another demonstrator died during clashes with state forces. Amid state restrictions on press freedom, these events are likely not isolated cases but are indicative of the larger politically repressive environment in Cuba. 

State forces stand out as the main perpetrator of violence and have principally targeted members of dissident civil society organizations and journalists for their coverage of human rights violations and state repression. Ladies in White, the Patriotic Union of Cuba, the San Isidro Movement, and the Opposition Movement for a New Republic are among the opposition groups most targeted for their vocal opposition to the government. Some groups call for the release of political prisoners and others advocate for freedom of expression and pluralism but they all advocate for political change. 

Despite a government decree prohibiting all forms of opposition against the government and the entry into force of Cuba’s new penal code, civil society organizations have voiced their opposition to the Cuban regime ahead of the parliamentary elections. They launched a campaign calling Cubans to abstain from voting to delegitimize the election results and call for political change.5Diario de Cuba, ‘Campaña ‘Cuba dice NO a la dictadura’, un llamado a la abstención en las votaciones de marzo,’ 17 January 2023 While few events of physical violence were reported immediately before the poll, state forces have reportedly called in several activists participating in the campaign and in election observation for questioning.6Ivette Pacheco, ‘Denuncian amenazas a los activistas que promueven abstención en elecciones del 26 de marzo en Cuba,’ Radio Televisión Martí, 20 March 2023

Continued pressure and violence targeting dissident members takes place against a crackdown on opposition voices, which intensified in the years before the elections. In 2021, a wave of popular mobilization to protest against worsening living standards prompted violent government repression (see graph below).714ymedio, ‘Con una inflación siete veces superior al aumento del salario, la pobreza se extiende en Cuba,’ 3 March 2023 The Cuban government ordered the arrests of demonstrators and opposition activists, in addition to the use of lethal force against protesters in Mayabeque. Similarly, in November, civil society organizations attempted to organize the ‘Civic March for Change,’ a countrywide protest calling for civil rights and the release of political prisoners, which the government sought to discourage through the targeted use of violence against civilians.8Jessica Domiguez and Jesús Arencibia, ‘El drama de la comida en Cuba,’ El Toque, 2021

In 2022, the Cuban government continued its repressive activity. This increased in July, when the government suppressed popular mobilization commemorating the July 2021 demonstrations and calling for the release of political prisoners. Similarly, civilian targeting rose in October, with the onset of mobilization against widespread power blackouts caused by the country’s aging and underfunded electricity grid infrastructure and damage from Hurricane Ian in September.9Andrea Rodríguez, ‘Small protests appear in Havana over islandwide blackout,’ Associated Press, 30 September 2022 

While state forces remain the main perpetrators of political violence targeting civilians in Cuba, they have also counted on the support of a countrywide network of pro-government groups, such as Rapid Response Brigades, to attack opposition members and conduct ‘acts of repudiation’ (see map below). Acts of repudiation first emerged in Cuba in the 1980s, involving mobs of government supporters shaming individuals who did not adhere to the precepts of the revolution by shouting insults, throwing eggs or litter, and sometimes physically assaulting their target.10Yadiris Luis Fuentes, ‘Actos de repudio: una forma de represión de las disidencias políticas en Cuba,’ Distintas Latitudes, 6 December 2021 Since 2020, ACLED records that acts of repudiation have gained momentum. While the groups are not officially coordinated by the state, civil society organizations claim that they are backed by the government.11Amnesty International, ‘Cuba: Tactics of repression must not be repeated,’ 5 October 2022 The actions of these citizen groups have allowed the government to project popular support, while distancing itself from acts of repression.

Alongside the direct use of violence, the Cuban state has resorted to arbitrary arrests and house detentions to silence dissent, especially in 2021.12Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos, ‘2021 – Detenciones Arbitrarias,’ 2021 Several reports have indicated that state forces detain members of the opposition without due process, hold them incommunicado for extended periods of time, and prevent them from accessing legal representation.13Amnesty International, ‘Amnesty International Report 2021/22: The State of the World’s Human Rights – Cuba 2021,’ 2022; Human Rights Watch, ‘World Report 2021: Cuba Events of 2020,’ 2021 Detentions often give rise to violence. ACLED records a significant share of prisoners targeting relative to overall violence targeting civilians levels, including the death of at least two people while under custody. Prison guards have been accused of beating and humiliating detainees – notably through forced stripping – in retaliation for their activities or complaints against detention conditions.14Human Rights Watch, ‘Prison or Exile: Cuba’s Systematic Repression of July 2021 Demonstrators,’ 11 July 2022 State forces also temporarily arrest individuals to prevent them from participating in demonstrations or meetings, such as the arrests of prominent activists in November 2021 to impede the holding of the ‘Civic March for Change.’ Ahead of the November 2022 municipal elections, law enforcement arrested an opposition member and prevented them from registering as a candidate.15CiberCuba, ‘Candidato independiente logra nominación a elecciones municipales en Cuba,’ 22 November 2022 Harassment and continuous arrests have, however, most particularly targeted leaders of civil society organizations, with state forces arresting Berta Soler, leader of Ladies in White, at least 42 times since 2021 to date. 

Looking Forward

The rise of the population’s discontent linked to socio-economic hardship led to record abstention rates during the November 2022 local elections.16Mauricio Vicent, ‘La alta abstención marca un nuevo escenario político en Cuba,’ El País, 28 November 2022 While President Díaz-Canel has acknowledged the difficulties faced by the Cuban population, opposition groups claim he has failed to address the country’s economic problems, stating that 2023 could bring even greater challenges.17Diario de Cuba, ‘Díaz-Canel a los cubanos: 2023 ‘podría ser aún más difícil’, pero ‘más atractivo para el que se sienta revolucionario,’ 2 January 2023

With the end of the economic crisis nowhere in sight, voters could – similarly to the November 2022 local elections – demonstrate their dissatisfaction at the polls, with social organizations continuing to promote abstention. Although a high abstention rate would have little impact on the final voting outcome, it could confer the National Assembly of People’s Power and the future president — to be nominated by the incoming parliament — less legitimacy before the population and allow to gauge overall dissatisfaction levels. 

Regardless of voter turnout, the election results will be unlikely to prompt significant political change or immediate demonstrations, with many among the electorate disillusioned with the country’s electoral system. Persisting socio-economic challenges, however, will continue to weigh on a new parliament and could lead to demonstrations. Despite Cuba’s repressive environment, which has prompted a rise in dissidents taking up exile abroad,18James Clifford Kent, ‘Cuba: why record numbers of people are leaving as the most severe economic crisis since the 1990s hits – a photo essay,’ The Conversation, 17 February 2023 civil society groups continue to call for freedom of expression and pluralism.19Ed Augustin, ‘As independent media blossoms in Cuba, journalists face a crackdown,’ The Guardian, 20 January 2023 Coming into the next parliamentary term, state repression of Cuban civil society and demonstrators will likely continue unabated, with the implementation of the country’s new penal code, which criminalizes and limits anti-government activity, including digital activism.20Amnesty International, ‘Cuba: New criminal code is a chilling prospect for 2023 and beyond,’ 2 December 2022

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