Cuba dissidents freed after weekend detention

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Posted: Sep 12, 2011 10:47 AM
Cuba dissidents freed after weekend detention

The wife of one of two prominent Cuban dissidents who were arrested and held over the weekend says both men are now free.

Berta Soler says her husband, Angel Moya, and opposition activist Jose Daniel Ferrer were released earlier Monday. The men were detained Friday as they prepared to hold a protest march in the eastern Cuban town of Palma Soriano.

The arrests were the first involving members of a group of 75 former political prisoners since the last of the group was freed earlier this year. The men were arrested in a notorious 2003 sweep against intellectuals and social commentators.

Cuban human rights leader Elizardo Sanchez says the arrests are meant to intimidate the opposition.

Cuba considers all dissidents to be mercenaries sent by Washington.