SANTIAGO, Cuba – What happened to the man in the dark T-shirt and baseball cap?
That is what Cuban dissidents are wondering after an unknown man who shouted anti-government slogans before Pope Benedict XVI's Mass in the eastern city of Santiago was dragged away by security.
An independent Cuban group that monitors the detention of dissidents "has not been able to identify by name the young man who pronounced slogans in favor of freedom and against communism," said Elizardo Sánchez, who heads the organization and is a de facto spokesman for the dissidents. In his statement Tuesday, Sánchez called on the government to identify him.
The Cuban government did not respond to requests for comment.
Just before Monday's Mass was to begin in Santiago's main square, the man wearing a dark T-shirt and cap yelled "Down with the Revolution! Down with the dictatorship!" near journalists covering the ceremony.
Security agents quickly hustled him away. Video of the incident showed him being hit by an apparent first aid worker wearing a white T-shirt with a large red cross, before they were separated.
Oscar Espinosa Chepe, who was imprisoned from March 2003 to November 2004 in a crackdown on dissent, said the consequences for disrupting a public act are serious.
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