HAVANA (Reuters) – One of Cuba’s most prominent dissident groups said on Friday that 36 opposition activists have been freed in the last two days as part of a deal to improve relations between Havana and Washington that was announced last month.
The dissident Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) said in a statement that 29 of its members were among the 36 released, adding that almost all of those freed were released on condition that they report regularly to the authorities.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba freed two more detainees, dissidents said on Thursday, as Havana began to release 53 people the United States considers political prisoners, as part of an agreement between the two nations aimed at ending decades of hostility.
Five detainees have been liberated over the past 24 hours, political opposition groups on the communist-led island said, including three others on Wednesday – all members of the dissident Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU).
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba released three detainees on Wednesday in a sign it was fulfilling an agreement to free a list of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners as part of a thaw in relations between the two nations.
The government freed 19-year-old twin brothers Diango Vargas Martin and Bianco Vargas Martin on Wednesday afternoon, opposition activists said. The pair were arrested in December 2012 and sentenced to 30 months in jail for disorderly conduct and threatening a state official.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Ernesto Borges, a KGB-trained counter-intelligence officer, has been in a Cuban prison for 16 years for attempting to hand over secrets to a U.S. diplomat in Cuba.
Haydee Gallardo, 51, is a housewife who only got involved in politics two years ago because she believed her sons were locked up unfairly for common crimes. She joined the “Ladies in White” dissident group and she and her husband were themselves jailed after shouting anti-government slogans in May.
HAVANA, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Salsa music and cigar smoke swirl
round the grand courtyard of Havana’s famous Hotel Nacional, and
guests enjoy stunning views out over the “Malecon” seafront
promenade and the ocean beyond.
But inside, many of its rooms are shabby and musty, the WiFi
is costly and weak, customer service is often indifferent, and
the food, while plentiful, is generally dull.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera was freed on Friday after three back-to-back detentions in three days, and after more than a thousand artists worldwide signed an open letter to Cuban President Raul Castro calling for her release.
The detention of the Cuban artist and other political opponents of the island’s communist government over recent days has tested a new detente with the United States.
HAVANA (Reuters) – More than 500 artists wrote to Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday calling for the release of a colleague who was detained for a third time in three days in a crackdown that has tested a new detente with the United States.
Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera was detained again on Thursday after going to a Havana prison to demand that fellow opponents of the government be released, dissidents said. She had planned an open microphone event earlier this week that the communist government called a “political provocation.”
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban police have apparently again detained a performance artist whose planned demonstration earlier this week triggered a new crackdown on dissent that could strain the detente between Cuba and the United States.
Cuba arrested a number of political opponents on Tuesday, holding most of them overnight to thwart an open microphone event outside government headquarters that it labeled a “political provocation.”
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba freed some leading dissidents on Wednesday after holding them overnight to thwart an unauthorised demonstration in a crackdown that has tested its detente with the United States.
Police detained several dissidents on Tuesday and kept others under virtual house arrest ahead of an open microphone protest that was to have taken place outside government headquarters in Havana’s Revolution Square.
HAVANA (Reuters) – A prominent opposition blogger in Cuba said her husband was freed by the authorities overnight but several dissidents were still in custody on Wednesday, a day after they were arrested in a move that drew condemnation from the United States.
The detentions in the Cuban capital were the most significant crackdown on the opposition on the communist-led island since Havana and Washington agreed on Dec. 17 to restore diplomatic ties and end more than 50 years of hostility.