CHILLING footage appears to show the moment police arrest a YouTuber during a live TV interview at her home in Cuba.
Dina Stars, a social media activist, was reportedly detained by Cuban security forces while speaking to a Spanish TV presenter amid fierce anti-government protests.
Thousands of Cubans joined demonstrations in cities and towns throughout the country on Sunday to protest Cuba's economic crisis and handling of the pandemic, with some calling for an end to communism.
Stars, who has been a prominent critic of the government, was speaking to Spain’s Cuatro TV station this afternoon when security services apparently detained her live on air.
Footage of the broadcast shows a friend enter her room to break the news that police are outside, as she warns presenter Marta Flich: “Security is out there… I have to go out.”
As she gets up to go and confront them, the young Cuban says: “I make the government responsible for whatever happens to me.
'I HAVE TO GO'
“They’re forcing me to go with them. I have to go.”
Stars, who has been reporting on the protests, had previously shared a video of a demonstration in Havana and images of pro-government protesters carrying sticks.
She has over 71,000 followers on Instagram, on which she shares posts calling for the government to step down signed #SOSCUBA – the popular hashtag of the rebellion movement.
Her alleged arrest follows two days of fierce protests in the capital Havana and throughout the country amid widespread fury over the country’s dire economic state.
The protests have prompted a ruthless government crackdown, with social media and messaging platforms including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Telegram suspended since yesterday, according to global internet monitoring firm NetBlocks.
The government claims that the demonstrations were orchestrated by US-backed counter-revolutionaries, and blamed the financial crisis on a US economic embargo against the country.
One protests in the southern Havana suburb of La Guinera turned violent late last night, with hundreds of protesters facing off with police and shouting "down with communism”. Two local residents told Reuters they had heard gunfire.
Around 150 people were arrested during or following the biggest wave of protests in various cities on Sunday, according to exiled rights group Cubalex, and only 12 had been confirmed released so far.
Meanwhile, the regime drew international condemnation after yesterday detaining journalist Camila Acosta, who was covering the unrest in the country for Spanish newspaper ABC.
Spain's Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares demanded her “immediate release”, adding: “Spain defends the right to demonstrate freely and peacefully and asks the Cuban authorities to respect it.”
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