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Cuban police break up demonstration by dissident group on International Human Rights Day

  • An opposition activist is detained by Cuban security officers before the start of a march marking International Human Rights Day in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The march was organized by the "Damas de Blanco," or Women in White, a pro-democracy group of women activists. The demonstrators where picked up by the police as soon as they arrived, while hundreds of pro-government loyalist sang patriotic songs and slogans. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    An opposition activist is detained by Cuban security officers before the start of a march marking International Human Rights Day in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The march was organized by the "Damas de Blanco," or Women in White, a pro-democracy group of women activists. The demonstrators where picked up by the police as soon as they arrived, while hundreds of pro-government loyalist sang patriotic songs and slogans. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Opposition activists are detained by Cuban security officers before the start of a march marking International Human Rights Day in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The march was organized by the "Damas de Blanco," or Women in White, a pro-democracy group of women activists. The demonstrators where picked up by the police as soon as they arrived, while hundreds of pro-government loyalists sang patriotic songs and slogans. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Opposition activists are detained by Cuban security officers before the start of a march marking International Human Rights Day in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The march was organized by the "Damas de Blanco," or Women in White, a pro-democracy group of women activists. The demonstrators where picked up by the police as soon as they arrived, while hundreds of pro-government loyalists sang patriotic songs and slogans. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

  • An opposition activist is detained by Cuban security officers before the start of a march marking International Human Rights Day in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The march was organized by the "Damas de Blanco," or Women in White, a pro-democracy group of women activists. The demonstrators where picked up by the police as soon as they arrived, while hundreds of pro-government loyalists sang patriotic songs and slogans. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    An opposition activist is detained by Cuban security officers before the start of a march marking International Human Rights Day in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The march was organized by the "Damas de Blanco," or Women in White, a pro-democracy group of women activists. The demonstrators where picked up by the police as soon as they arrived, while hundreds of pro-government loyalists sang patriotic songs and slogans. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

Cuban police broke up a demonstration by about 30 dissidents in central Havana on International Human Rights Day, taking away some of them in cars.

The demonstration is called every year by the opposition group the Ladies in White. Some of the dissidents resisted and were shoved inside patrol cars during Wednesday's demonstration.

"I am a patriot who wants all rights for Cuba without any restrictions," blogger Agustin Lopez told reporters while police removed him from the demonstration.

About 200 government supporters chanted revolutionary slogans to counter the protesters.

"I don't know why they say they are fighting for human rights here," said retired teacher Miriam Pascual, who lauded the communist country's health and education system.

It was unclear how many dissidents were detained by Cuban authorities.