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


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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