Prominent Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas. EFE/File
Havana, Oct 4 (EFE).- A score of Cuban dissidents, including Sakharov Prize winner Guillermo Fariñas, were detained Thursday in the central province of Villa Clara ahead of a planned opposition meeting, family and associates said.
Fariñas was arrested shortly before 9:00 a.m. while walking from his home in Santa Clara, the provincial capital, to the local chapter of the opposition group Ladies in White, his mother told Efe by telephone.
The 2010 recipient of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize has been briefly detained several times this year, most recently in August.
The spokesman for Fariñas' United Anti-totalitarian Front, Ramon Arencibia, said a total of 22 dissidents were detained in Santa Clara or en route to the city.
The opposition activists were gathering at the Ladies in White chapter to discuss the draft of a "Citizens' Demand for Another Cuba," Arencibia said.
Politically motivated arrests reached a six-month high of 533 in September, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation said earlier this week.
Cuba's Communist government derides most members of the internal opposition as counter-revolutionaries and U.S.-funded "mercenaries."