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Cuba arrests 90 dissidents at protest march

Cuba arrests 90 dissidents at protest march

Havana (AFP) – With tense bilateral ties recently renewed after five
decades, and top US diplomat John Kerry due in Havana in days, Cuba
some 90 activists on Sunday.

Cuban security forces rounded up marchers — about 50 with the Ladies in
White group and around 40 other activists, some wearing masks
with the image of US Barack Obama, according to an AFP reporter.

One protester slammed Obama, and said the December announcement to
normalize relations between the former Cold war foes had bolstered
Havana’s crackdown on dissidents.

“It’s his fault, what is happening,” said former
Angel Moya, speaking about Obama.

“The Cuban government has grown even bolder,” he added before being
detained.

“That’s why we have this mask on. Because it’s his fault,” said Moya,
husband of Ladies in White leader Berta Soler.

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Cuban dissidents and members of the Ladies in White group
hold a Cuban national flag an …
Uniformed and plainclothes officers were on hand at the incident
in Havana’s upscale Miramar district.

When marchers who were not arrested started to leave, pro-government
activists chanted “down with the pack of worms.”

Kerry will be in Havana Friday for the ceremonial inauguration of the
newly reopened US embassy. On January 20, the countries officially
reopened embassies in their respective capitals.

Soler said he hoped Kerry would meet with dissident groups and members
of non-governmental organizations during the visit.

He said he also wants Kerry to pressure Havana to respect human rights
in the country, where of assembly and of the press have
been criticized.

Washington should “give the Cuban government some conditions to get it
to stop violating human rights,” Soler told AFP.

Kerry will be the first US secretary of state to visit Cuba since 1945,
sealing what will be a major foreign policy legacy of Obama’s eight-year
tenure.

Cuba is the only one-party Communist-ruled nation in the Americas.

Source: Cuba arrests 90 dissidents at protest march – Yahoo News –
http://news.yahoo.com/cuba-arrests-90-dissidents-protest-march-211544836.html

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