PUBLIC SAFETY

Security Council ordered detention of dissidents

The detaining of Cuban dissident Rosa María Payá Sunday caused international headlines.

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A government source has confirmed that the temporary detention and interrogation of Cuban dissident Rosa María Payá at Tocumen International Airport Sunday who were coming to Panama for the Summit of the Americas was performed by members of the National Security Council.

Initially it was reported that the dissidents were detained by Immigration officers, but the agency denied this on its Twitter account. 

Sources said that in addition to police, Immigration and Customs, the National Security Council has assigned officers to the airport for the summit.

In addition to Payá, at least six other people were detained, including Argentine Micaela Hierro.

The National Security Council is attached to the Presidency of the Republic, and focuses on public security and national defense.

The government later apologized for the detaining of the dissidents, which was criticized by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican who has been critical of the decision of U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to re-establish ties with Cuba.

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