Cuban police detained activists before Pope's arrival
March 27, 2012
Cuban police detained more than 100 anti-Castro activists just before the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI this week, thus adding fuel to the debate about the Church’s relations with the Cuban regime.
Police reportedly arrested about 20 members of the Women in White, a human-rights group that had vowed to make an appearance at all public events during the Pope’s 3-day visit. Other activists were taken into custody both in Santiago de Cuba, where the Pope spent Monday evening, and in Havana, where he arrived on Tuesday.
Human-rights activists in Cuba have said that the Pope should speak on behalf of political prisoners and meet with representatives of the Women in White. No such meeting is on the schedule for the papal visit.
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