Cuban political prisoner Ariel Arzuaga Peña on Friday stood trial on charges of "assault" and "disrespect," and his family members would have nothing of it. In the middle of the proceedings, during which prosecuters asked for a prison sentence of 1 1/2 years 6 years, Arzuaga's relatives got up and started shouting anti-government slogans.
The politcal police responded by arresting and detaining the family members, according to a dispatch posted by Martha Beatriz Roque at Hablalo Sin Miedo.
Roque said there was no information on Arzuaga's whereabouts.
UPDATED, 3:05 p.m. EDT -- Former prisoner of conscience Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia tweets that Arzuaga's parents, brothers and nephews were beaten, and that his father was hospitalized.
UPDATED, 6:50 p.m. EDT -- Radio Marti reports that prosecutors are asking for a 6-year sentence.
UPDATED, June 26, 2011 -- Cuban journalist/blogger Luis Rojas has more about Arzuaga's family, especially his wife Jacquelin.