Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cuba frees 2 protesters

Cuba frees 2 protesters

Cuban police have freed two of the five dissidents detained during a
protest on the steps of the University of Havana but were holding the
three others as of Wednesday evening, human rights activists said.

Sara Martha Fonseca Quevedo and Yordani Martínez Carvajal were released
late Tuesday, said Elizardo Sánchez, head of the Cuban Commission for
Human Rights and National Reconciliation.

Still held as of Wednesday evening were Michel Rodríguez Luis, Luis
Enrique Labrador and Eduardo Pérez Flores, Sánchez reported by telephone
from Havana.

The five were detained Monday after they read a statement criticizing
the government and chanted ``Down with the Castros'' on the stone steps
that lead up to the campus, a traditional place for protests before the
Castro revolution seized power in 1959.

Police technically have 10 days to file charges, but can obtain
extensions of the deadline, Sánchez added.

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