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Cuba releases nine dissidents, 17 still in prison

[JURIST] Cuba has released nine people imprisoned for taking part in government protests, but still holds 17 people arrested last week as part of a crackdown on dissent. The US has previously objected [JURIST report] to oppression of anti-government activists in Cuba. The nine released [Aljazeera report] on Saturday had been picked up by police prior to a scheduled protest demanding the release of political prisoners. The leader of the Assembly for the Promotion of Civil Society [advocacy website, English version], Martha Beatriz Roque [advocacy website profile], was among the nine released and says she will continue to protest Fidel Castro's government until all dissidents are released. Reuters has more.

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