Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Five anti-Castro protesters jailed

Posted on Wednesday, 08.18.10
Five anti-Castro protesters jailed

Five Cuban dissidents remained in custody 36 hours after a rare protest
at the University of Havana, an iconic spot for airing grievances before
the Castro revolution, activists said Tuesday.

``We are peaceful youths and defenders of human rights, demanding
freedom and democracy for our country,'' Sara Martha Fonseca Quevedo is
heard saying in a recording of the protest Monday morning before the
group broke into chants of ``Down with the Castros'' and ``Freedom.''

The anti-Castro protest on the broad stone steps that lead up to the
university campus were the first he could remember since the early
1960s, said human-rights activist Elizardo Sanchez Santacruz.

Before 1959, many anti-government protesters -- including Fidel Castro,
then a law student -- gathered on the steps because police were legally
barred from the campus. Castro ended the university's autonomy after he
seized power.

Dissident Jorge Luis García Pérez ``Antúnez'' identified those arrested
as Fonseca, Luis Enrique Labrador, Eduardo Pérez Flores, Yordanis
Martinez Carvajal, and Michel Rodríguez Luis.

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