HAVANA TIMES — Several political dissidents were detained for several hours in Havana on Saturday after being stopped en route to a meeting of the opposition group Estado de SATS, reports the Cubaencuentro website.
Among those picked up were Manuel Cuesta Morua (the leader of the self-described “social-democratic” Arco Progresista party), as well as dissident blogger Orlando Luis Pardo and his wife Silvia Corbelle.
Pardo and his wife were back on the street that same evening at around 11:00 pm, while “only today (the following morning) was Manuel Cuesta Morua released. Meanwhile, the whereabouts of Hugo Damian and two associates are still unknown, according to blogger Yoani Sanchez.
Antonio G. Rodiles, the head of Estado de Sats, called for people to meet on Saturday in front of the police station in El Cotorro and Section 21 in Marianao, where the detainees were supposedly being held.
“Enough with these violations, illegal arrests and violence,” said a message sent by Rodiles to a number of cell phones.
Short-term detentions, with no charges filed, has become the routine method used of late by State Securty to intimidate those critical of the government.