Cuban dissidents detained on Human Rights Day

AP News
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 5:16 PM
Cuban dissidents detained on Human Rights Day

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban government agents have detained about 20 dissidents arriving for an International Human Rights Day march, halting the demonstration before it started.

The opponents were seen being taken away in cars and buses Tuesday afternoon after their planned protest along a central street in Havana was interrupted. The would-be protesters resisted, but no injuries were reported. It was not known where they were taken.

Pro-government demonstrators gathered in the street to shout slogans for the Cuban revolution.

Cuban authorities consider the island's small community of outspoken dissidents to be counterrevolutionaries and charge they accept foreign money to try to undermine the Communist system.

The government marked the day by organizing a human rights forum that celebrated its achievements in providing citizens with social services and protections.