Twenty-three activists with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, were arrested Monday during a security crackdown by Cuban police, UNPACU said Tuesday in a news release.
The trouble started Sunday when Castroite goons launched an "act of repudiation" at the home of Víctor Campa Almenares, a UNPACU leader in Palma Soriano, in the province of Santiago de Cuba, after posters with anti-government slogans were hung on his home.
The next day, after the activists again displayed the posters, which among other things, demanded respect for human rights and the end of police beatings of peaceful dissidents.
Police, including anti-riot units, broke into Campa's home, as well as that of of Rodolfo Hernández Guerrero, who lives in a residence below Campa's. They assaulted Hernandez's mother and stole several items, including books, music recordings and money, according to the news release.
Other UNPACU activists arrived to demonstrate support for Campa and Hernandez, but they were all arrested.
In all, 23 activists were arrested.
Twenty of the detainees were later released, but three -- Victor Campa Almenares, Pedro Campa Almenares and Yeroslandis Calderín Alvarado -- remained in custody, UNPACU said.