More than 100 Cuban activists with the Cuban Patriotic Union, or UNPACU, were arrested this week in eastern portions of the island. They have been released, but the mass detention was further proof of how the Castro dictatorship has turned up the repression in recent months -- especially against UNPACU, one of the most vigorous opposition groups on the island.
Of those arrested, six were picked up in the ton of Gibara, in Holguin province, after they hung signs commemorating the start of Cuba's war of independence from Spain on Oct. 10, 1868.
The other 100 were arrested in and around Santiago de Cuba, after they demanded from police answers about the arrest 10 days ago of two other dissidents, Rubislandy Ávila González and Roilán Álvarez Rensoler on trumped up charges of "armed robbery."
Avila and Alvarez have started hunger strikes to protest their continued imprisonment.
H/T to Capitol Hill Cubans, which has more.