* Cuban blogger detained on way to demonstration
* Held briefly, called a "counter-revolutionary"
(Corrects Sanchez' age in paragraph 2 to 34)
HAVANA, Nov 6 Well-known Cuban blogger and
government critic Yoani Sanchez said she and two fellow
bloggers were detained briefly on Friday by security agents and
accused of being "counter-revolutionaries" as they walked to a
demonstration against violence.
Sanchez, 34, told Reuters the agents forced her and blogger
Orlando Luis Pardo into a car as they neared the demonstration
in Havana's Vedado district, took them to a spot near her home
and dropped them off, throwing her purse on the street as they
"We were detained by three men who came in a black Chinese
car," said Sanchez, who is known internationally for her
"Generation Y" blog, which frequently criticizes Cuba's
Sanchez said she told people standing nearby they were
being kidnapped, but the men told the bystanders: "They are
counter-revolutionaries. Don't get involved."
"There was no chance to resist, they were strong men."
The men offered no explanation for the seizure, but Sanchez
said she believes they were preventing her from attending the
demonstration. "I'm flustered. It has been very intense," she
said. She said she had a sore shoulder and back from the
encounter, but no serious injuries.
Pardo was released with her and had no injuries, she said.
Another blogger, Claudia Cadelo, was taken away in a separate
police car and released unharmed at a different location.
Sanchez said they had gathered at her home to "reconstruct
About 60 people attended the demonstration, which is a rare
event in Cuba, and unfurled signs that said "No to violence.
Join us." They milled around for a few minutes, gave no
speeches and left without incident. One participant said the
march was not aimed at Cuba, but at violence around the world.
Sanchez, who has won several international prizes for her
blogs, but is little known in Cuba, where Internet access is
limited. The Cuban government does not hide its distaste for
Sanchez, who is occasionally attacked in the state-run press as
an enemy of the state.
Cuba is said to have about 200 political prisoners, whom
the government views as traitors working with the United States
to toppled the Cuban government.
(Reporting by Jeff Franks and Rosa Tania Valdes; editing by