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Peacefull action: Dissidents protested in Cuba´s prisons claiming for the release of political prisoners.

Credit Photo Reuters – The "Ladies in White", a group made up of family members of imprisoned dissidents, protest …

HAVANA – Members of the dissident group Ladies in White staged brief protests in front of two prisons while pro-government Cuban youths danced salsa in the park as islanders marked a comparatively peaceful international Human Rights Day on Friday, according to a Reuters report published by Yahoo News.

In contrast to years past, there were no known clashes between government opponents and supporters, but at least two dissidents were reported detained by authorities on their way to a demonstration.

Cuban leaders, who launched significant economic reforms in September, appeared intent on avoiding conflict and the international condemnation that has accompanied it in previous years.

The annual Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the December 10, 1948, adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

At the Combinado del Este prison on the outskirts of Havana, 15 of the Ladies in White stood outside the gate and shouted “Freedom” and “Long live human rights” as they demanded the release of political prisoners in Cuban jails, including 11 of their family members imprisoned since a 2003 government crackdown.

They are the last of 52 prisoners President Raul Castro agreed to free in a July deal brokered by the Catholic Church, and some are in the two Havana prisons.

“We come to denounce violations of human rights,” Ladies in White leader Laura Pollan said at the Combinado del Este. “We demand the release of the political prisoners.”

Another group of Ladies in White staged a similar protest at the 1580 prison in the Havana suburbs, and in both cases they did so without incident.

On Thursday, the group marched through Havana, where about 200 students and government workers surrounded them while shouting derogatory slogans.

Last year on December 10, they and other dissidents were greeted by hostile mobs backing the communist-led Cuban government, which views dissidents as traitors in the employ of its ideological enemy, the United States.

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