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Political activists arrested, says Cuban dissidents

Published:Friday | January 2, 2015 | 1:07 PM

Cuban dissidents say police have arrested a group of political activists who had been protesting outside a jail in the capital, Havana.

Dozens of dissidents have been taken into custody in Cuba since Tuesday.

The police operation began just a few hours before a planned open microphone protest at Havana's Revolution Square.

It comes two weeks after Cuba and the United States announced they had agreed to restore diplomatic and economic relations, severed in the early 1960s.

The protest, which never went ahead, was aimed at testing whether Cuba's communist government had become more open to political dissent since the historic announcement of 17 December.

The arrests have not been confirmed by the Cuban authorities or reported by state media.

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