Two former prisoners of conscience that are part of the Group of 75 imprisoned during the "black spring" of 2003 were arrested Friday.
A leading human rights worker said Friday that authorities have detained two former political prisoners in eastern Cuba, the first arrests involving members of a group of 75 intellectuals and social commentators since they were freed after a 2003 crackdown on dissent.
The detention of Angel Moya and Jose Daniel Ferrer occurred as the men were preparing to march in the town of Palma Soriano, said Elizardo Sanchez, a prominent human rights activist on the island. Moya is the husband of Berta Soler, a leader of the Ladies in White dissident group.
The last of the prisoners from 2003 were freed earlier this year under an agreement between Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega and President Raul Castro, but the Ladies in White have kept up their opposition activities.
Via Twitter, Cuban human rights activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez" reports that at least one other organizer of the march has also been arrested.
You can follow Ferrer Garcia on Twitter at @jdanielferrer (His brother former political prisoner Luis Enrique Ferrer Garcia, in exile in Spain, has taken over the feed.)
UPDATED, 8 p.m. EDT -- In an unrelated incident, another Group of 75 members, Arnaldo Ramos was arrested Friday evening and released early Saturday.