Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer, former prisoner of the Group of 75, told Efe that he was freed after being detained for more than 72 hours in the southeastern province of Santiago de Cuba.

Ferrer said in a telephone call from his home in the town of Palmarito de Cauto in Santiago de Cuba province that before leaving at noon Sunday from the police station where he had been held in custody since last Thursday, a state security official read him an official warning in which he was accused of "disturbing the peace."

"We will not allow conterrevolutionary provocations," the official of the political police said, according to Ferrer.

He also said that when he asked about the situation of several dozen other dissidents detained over the past few days in the area, the official said that they were also to be released Monday except for Jorge Cervantes, who "will remain in prison."

The 42-year-old Ferrer, a resident of the eastern town of Palmarito de Cauto, heads the illegal opposition group Patriotic Union of Cuba, and to date this year has been temporarily arrested four times, in the months of February, April, May and July.

The last arrest took place on July 30 and lasted 36 hours to stop the dissident from traveling to Havana, Ferrer said after being freed.

As a member of the Group of 75 - members of the opposition sentenced during the Cuban government's 2003 "Black Spring" crackdown - Ferrer was allowed out on parole in March 2011 and was among the 12 dissidents of that group who refused to go to Spain as a condition for getting out of jail.

Also freed this weekend was the dissident Guillermo Fariñas, after almost 48 hours of detention in the central city of Santa Clara, at some 270 kilometers (168 miles) east of Havana.

The Cuban journalist and psychologist who won the European Parliament's 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, said that state security agents arrested him last Thursday in his hometown, together with other dissidents, for mounting a street protest.

According to Fariñas, the demonstrators were denouncing the supposed removal of a computer from the home of dissident Jorge Luis Artiles, something they blame the authorities of doing.

The member of the opposition said he was recently detained and freed soon afterwards for the same reason on another three occasions - on Friday, Aug. 17, on Saturday, Aug. 18 and on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Havana routinely classifies Cuba's internal opposition as counterrevolutionaries and "mercenaries" in the service of the United States. EFE