State Dept Cuban detentions wont slow normalization

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it was concerned about the beating of a political activist and the detention of another 100 activists by Cuban authorities last weekend, but says the incident will not change the process of normalizing diplomatic relations with the island nation.Spokesman John Kirby says the United States will always be “vocal and very candid” about human rights abuses.But he says the incidents won’t slow the normalizing of relations. Instead, he says they reinforce the need to move forward so that the U.S. can engage with Cuban authorities on human rights issues. Top Stories Cuban political activist Antonio Rodiles said he was trying to join a weekly march by a dissident group in Havana and was detained and roughed up by plainclothes state security.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security system Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more