Cuban Regime Marks Feast Day With Over 140 Dissident Arrests

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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From EFE:

More than 140 dissidents arrested in Cuba while heading to Mass

About 140 Cuban dissidents were arrested Tuesday as they were going to attend a Mass at the Lady of Caridad del Cobre Church to celebrate the feast day of the island's patron saint, sources within the dissident movement told EFE.

"Most of the arrests occurred in the early morning hours (on Tuesday) some kilometers from the El Cobre Church, at a spot known as La Tanqueta" in eastern Santiago de Cuba province, said the general coordinator of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, opposition group, Jose Daniel Ferrer.

In all, some 120 UNPACU members were arrested along with about 20 women affiliated with the Ladies in White dissident movement, according to Ferrer, who said that the Cuban authorities' motive was to "prevent them from attending the traditional Mass for the feast day of the patron saint of Cuba."

Ferrer, a former political prisoner with the so-called "Group of 75" opposition figures sentenced to lengthy prison terms during the Black Spring of 2003, said that some of the dissidents were beaten when they were arrested.