Dozens of dissidents detained as Pope Benedict’s visit nears
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.