Dissidents in Cuba say authorities have released a prominent opposition figure who was detained Friday with some 20 other dissidents.

Elizardo Sanchez of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation says Marta Beatriz Roque and two others detained with her were released Saturday. After her release, Ms. Roque pledged to continue her opposition activities.

The U.S. State Department condemned the arrests and called for an end to what it called this "deplorable repression."

Spokesman Adam Ereli said there were credible reports of government-sponsored mobs surrounding the homes of dissidents and threatening them.

The dissidents were detained ahead of a rally outside the French Embassy in Havana to call for the release of Cuba's political prisoners. France recently moved to restore normal relations with Cuba.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.