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Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez

Cuban dissidents report being attacked by government security forces

MIAMI Cuban security forces beat up opposition activist Antonio G. Rodiles and detained nearly 100 other dissidents on Sunday, just a few days before the scheduled opening of U.S. and Cuban embassies in Havana and Washington. News of the beatings come as the archdiocese of Havana denies that Cardinal Jaime Ortega used harsh words, such as "worms," to criticize the Florida news media during a confrontation with dissidents at a July 4 reception at the home of the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba. Former political prisoners Egberto Escobedo and Jose Diaz Silva claim that they and other activists approached Ortega at a reception at the home of the head of the U.S. Interests Section to...