Monday, August 27, 2012

Cuba frees top dissident

Cuba frees top dissident
August 27 2012 at 09:46am

Havana -

Cuban police freed leading dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer on Sunday after
three days behind bars, without charge, a fellow activist said.

Ferrer was arrested at his home near Santiago de Cuba on Thursday, when
police raided his home and confiscated documents, work equipment and
other belongings, said Elizardo Sanchez, head of the banned but
tolerated Cuban Committee for Human Rights and National Reconciliation.

"He was released in the morning, without charge, as with previous
arrests," Sanchez told AFP.

Ferrer, 41, leader of the banned Patriot Union of Cuba, was among 75
dissidents jailed and sentenced to long prison terms in 2003. But he was
released last year through mediation from the Catholic Church.

The latest arrest was Ferrer's fourth this year alone. Police also took
him in for three other days earlier in August, for 27 days in April and
for 24 hours in May, due to his political activities against the
communist regime of Raul Castro.

All opposition is illegal in Cuba and the government considers
dissidents to be "mercenaries" in the pay of its top foe, the United
States. - Sapa-AFP

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