March 18, 2003

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HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's communist government arrested two to three dozen dissidents on Tuesday who had met with the U.S. envoy here or attended events at the U.S. Interests Section, a government statement said.

President Fidel Castro's government said it was also restricting the movements of U.S. embassy personnel in retaliation for Washington's order restricting travel by Cuban diplomats in the United States.

Two to three dozen dissidents were arrested in their homes, according to their organizations. Most of the detainees had been visited by the top U.S. diplomat in Havana, James Cason, in recent months, they said.

"Several dozen people directly related to the conspiratorial activities of Mr. James Cason have been arrested by the pertinent authorities and will be put on trial," the government said in a statement read on the evening news.

Veteran human rights activist Elizardo Sanchez said many of the arrests were outside of the capital Havana and involved people whom Cason had visited or who had taken part in events organized by the U.S. Interests Section.

"This is the most intense wave of political repression of the last few years. The figure is high. ... We are talking of two or three dozen arrests," he said.

Cason has increased U.S. support for Castro's opponents since his arrival in September and has annoyed Cuban authorities by openly allowing dissidents to meet at his home.

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Cason has increased U.S. support for Castro's opponents since his arrival in September and has annoyed Cuban authorities by openly allowing dissidents to meet at his home. To follow this and other Castro outrages, bookmark CubaNet.

Posted by at March 18, 2003 10:28 PM
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