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Relatives: Cuba detains dissidents before protest


 Cuban dissidents say police have arrested at least three members of the island's political opposition hours before the first major test of the government's tolerance for dissent since the declaration of U.S.-Cuban detente this month.

   "I've been arrested," dissident Antonio Rodiles told The Associated Press by telephone as police took him away around 12:30 p.m. The wife of Eliezer Avila, the 29-year-old of moderate opposition group "Somos Mas," told the AP he had been arrested along with Reinaldo Escobar, husband of renowned blogger Yoani Sanchez

   Rodiles' group publicly supported expatriate artist Tania Bruguera's plans to erect an open microphone for any member of the public Tuesday afternoon on the Plaza of the Revolution, one of the most symbolically important sites for the Cuban government and its backers.

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