March 26, 2012
Franco Ordonez and Juan Tamayo, The Miami Herald
HAVANA -- More than 30 Ladies in White marched in Havana on Sunday without incident but watched by dozens of journalists in Cuba to cover Pope Benedict XVI’s visit, while another 25 were reported detained or harassed in the capital and Santiago de Cuba.
The detentions were part of the government’s efforts to “repress and intimidate” peaceful dissidents on the eve of the pontiff’s Monday arrival, said a statement by the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation.
Police already have detained more than 70 dissidents and at least 100 beggars in Havana and Santiago to keep government critics away from papal events and clean up the island’s streets, the statement added....