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March 27, 2016 6:23 am

After Obama Leaves, Cuba Cracks Down on Democracy Activists

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President Obama and Cuban strongman Raul Castro. Photo: White House.

President Obama and Cuban strongman Raul Castro. Photo: White House.

Yahoo – Well, that was fast. On Tuesday, President Obama addressed Cubans about the importance of human rights and peaceful dialogue. On Thursday, pro-democracy demonstrators in Havana were beaten and arrested by Cuban police agents just steps away from where Obama had spoken.

The demonstration occurred three blocks from the Grand Theater of Havana, where Obama spoke live to the Cuban nation, and was swiftly broken up by plainclothes officers, who attacked demonstrators violently and then stuffed those they had captured into police cars and swept them away within moments. This reporter witnessed the brutal arrests of two demonstrators during the midafternoon eruption of public dissent in one of the most public forums in the city.

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