Dozens of dis­si­dents de­tained as Pope Bene­dict’s visit nears

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

HA­VANA | Cuban au­thor­i­ties de­tained a prom­i­nent dis­si­dent and dozens of her col­leagues early Sun­day, then ar­rested more ac­tivists while they staged a weekly protest march through Ha­vana.

Po­lice took away Bertha Soler and three dozen sup­port­ers of the Ladies in White dis­si­dent group hours be­fore they were to take part in a reg­u­lar march down Quinta Avenida in the leafy Mi­ra­mar neigh­bor­hood of Ha­vana. About 20 other Ladies in White sup­port­ers did make it to the march, but state se­cu­rity agents moved in when the group tried to ex­tend the protest into streets they don’t nor­mally en­ter.

Sun­day’s de­ten­tions came just over a week ahead of a March 26-28 visit by Pope Bene­dict XVI.

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