Detention in Santiago de Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, March 23 (Aleaga Pesant / - Political police in Santiago de Cuba detained for more than eight hours last week various dissidents and human rights advocates.

Among those detained was Guillermo Espinosa, who supports the Center of Applied Marketing and Political Publicity (Centro de Aplicación de Marketing y Publicidad Política) in Santiago de Cuba. Following his detention March 15 he was placed under house arrest

Police Palma Soriano detained Raudel Ávila, provincial delegate of the dissident Workers Confederation of Cuba (Confederación Obrera de Cuba).

According to Ávila, the detentions were in response to activities in eastern Cuba marking the sixth anniversary of the arrest and subsequent imprisonment of 75 in what has become known as the Black Spring of 2003.