Havana – The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation on Monday said that there were at least 1,416 arbitrary political arrests in Cuba during March, of which 498 took place during the March 20-22 visit of U.S. President Barack Obama.

“In the days of the historic and friendly visit to Cuba of President Barack Obama, the island’s government, instead of ensuring an atmosphere of public tranquility, unleashed a true wave of political repression and uncounted intimidating actions,” the dissident group said in its monthly report on repression by the Castro regime.

The figure of 1,416 arrests, most of them lasting just hours, is one of the highest monthly totals registered in the past five years, exceeded only by the 1,447 arbitrary arrests recorded in November 2015.

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