"More than 30 Cuban dissidents have been arrested in what analysts describe as the largest crackdown on the opposition movement in recent times."
"The arrests began Tuesday night. By Wednesday afternoon, at least 35 people -- primarily, independent journalists and librarians -- had been taken into custody."
"Some analysts linked the timing to the war in Iraq, when news of the arrests in the United States and elsewhere is likely to be overshadowed, if not ignored."
"The librarians are private citizens who have turned their homes into reading rooms where Cuban citizens can read unauthorized, so-called ''counter-revolutionary'' literature. Among them are books by Martin Luther King and Vaclav Havel, and Animal Farm by George Orwell." (from The Miami Herald via The Spinster Librarian)