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Sunday, 25 January, 1998, 02:42 GMT
Cuban exiles protest at sea

Can follow Pope in Cuba.

About forty United States-based Cuban exiles opposed to President Fidel Castrohave held a vigil in waters off the coast of Cuba.

The exiles sailed to the edge of Cuban territorial waters before holding a prayer ceremony and calling for the release of political prisoners.

A BBC correspondent in Miami says some exile groups are using the Pope's visit to Cuba to highlight their campaign against the country's communist government.

The group says their leader, Ramon Saul Sanchez, will -- in a separate operation -- attempt to make an unauthorised landing on the Cuban mainland during the Pope's visit there.

The US Coast Guard says it is now looking for Mr Sanchez and will arrest him if he doesn't agree to stay out of Cuban waters.

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