Cuban independent journalist José Alberto Álvarez Bravo, a prolific chronicler of human rights abuses in Cuba, and his wife were arrested Tuesday morning after police raided their home in Havana and seized various items -- including a Cuban flag!
Police arrived at their home about 7 a.m. and forced their way inside, according to a report posted at Payo Libre. Besides the flag, items taken by police were a laptop computer, a box of audio cassettess, various books, papers and magazines, a printer, a digital camera and five flash memory cards.
The couple were then taken to a Havana police station.
Alvarez's wife, Lilia Hernandez Castañer, said she was released from custody about 1 p.m. Officials told her that her husband had been moved to another police station, and as of Wednesday had not been freed.
To learn more about Alvarez, an opposition activist for more than 20 years, read a recent interview with him here.
UPDATED, July 16, 2011 — Alvarez has been released.