Monday, May 25, 2009

Black berets, white gloves and assault rifles

These officers are with the Ministry of the Interior

Special ops unit?

The Ministry of the Interior - MinInt for short - has sweeping responsibilities. It oversees:

* Immigration
* Population registery and IDs
* National Revolutionary Police
* Prisons
* Firefighters
* Forest rangers
* Border troops
* Citizen services
* Criminal Investigation
* Anti-narcotics
* Criminal Investigations
* Juvenile matters
* Intelligence and state security agencies
* Security
* Counter-intelligence
* Domestic Counter-intelligence
* Special Operations
* Specialized Protective Services

Abelardo Colomé Ibarra heads the ministry, which marks its 48th anniversary on June 6, 1961.

MinInt headquarters at Revolution Square

Links:

Colomé biography, in Spanish
2006 Bohemia story on MinInt, in Spanish
Blogger Yoani Sanchez recounts experience with MinInt officials, calling them "intimidation professionals"

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