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72 Dissidents Now Being Held, Rights Group Says

March 22, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

State agents rounded up more dissidents in a campaign to root out opposition on the communist island. A human rights group said 72 dissidents had been arrested.

The crackdown, which ended several years of relative tolerance for Cuba's critical voices, was initially spurred by allegations of dissidents conspiring with U.S. diplomats.

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