Man who protested during pope's Cuba visit in US

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MIAMI (AP) - The United States has given refugee status to a man who shouted against the Cuban government during Pope Benedict XVI's 2012 visit.

The Miami Herald first reported 41-year-old Andres Carrion Alvarez and his wife arrived last month in Tennessee.

A Facebook page for Andres Carrion lists his home city as Chattanooga.

Carrion yelled "Down with the Revolution! Down with the dictatorship" before an outdoor mass in Santiago de Cuba in March of 2012. Video of the incident showed Carrion being beaten by a man wearing a first-aid T-shirt and security agents pulling him away.

Carrion says wasn't part of any dissident groups before his protest. He says he was constantly harassed and persecuted afterward.

Carrion was never tried for any crime and was freed after being held for 18 days.

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