Dis­si­dents oc­cupy church, seek pa­pal au­di­ence

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

HA­VANA | Thir­teen Cuban dis­si­dents have holed up in a Ro­man Catholic church in Ha­vana to press for an au­di­ence with Pope Bene­dict XVI when he vis­its in two weeks, say­ing they want to air their griev­ances about hu­man rights on the com­mu­nist-ruled is­land.

The Church of Char­ity in teem­ing Cen­tral Ha­vana was par­tially shut­tered Wed­nes­day, and only pil­grims vis­it­ing an im­age of the Vir­gin of Char­ity of Co­bre, Cuba’s pa­tron, were per­mit­ted in­side.

There was no sign of any po­lice pres­ence, and ac­tiv­ity ap­peared nor­mal on the street out­side.

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