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Cuban dissident arrested on key anniversary

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Police in Cuba have detained the former hunger striker Guillermo Fariñas on the anniversary of the death of a fellow dissident.

Fariñas had apparently been shouting anti-government remarks to mark the death of Orlando Zapata who died last year.

Meanwhile loyalists to Cuba’s communist government heckled and chanted pro-Castro slogans. They targeted the unofficial headquarters of the political prisoner supporters known as the Ladies in White.

The death of Orlando Zapata after an 11-week hunger strike over conditions for prisoners of conscience provoked international criticism of the Cuban government.