“Security is out. I have to get out.” The words of the Cuban youtuber Dina stars they opened a blanket of tension during an interview he was conducting live for Spanish television. While he spoke of the crisis in the country and criticized the Government, amid the protests of recent days on the island, the Police went to look for her at the house.
The dramatic episode was recorded before the cameras of the program “Everything is a lie,” which is broadcast on Channel 4. While the Cuban artist Yotuel, who was also part of the talk, was speaking, the influencer began to make gestures from Havana, while in the background movements and shadows were seen in a curtained window.
At that moment, the presenter Marta Flich gave her the floor and Dina Stars released with a worried face: “Security is out. I have to get out. I’m going to leave my friend.”
As the camera moved, the driver asked the friend: “Can we hear what they say? We don’t want to put you in danger.”
After a few minutes of silence and everyone’s surprise, Dina Stars appeared on the screen again, but for just a second. “I have to go”he repeated.
Live tension. The dramatic moment of the arrest of Dina Stars.
When asked if they were about to take her into custody, she replied: “I don’t know, they told me to accompany them.”
“I hold the government responsible for anything that may happen to me”, were the last words in the program before the astonished look of the presenter.
Hours before, the young woman had said on her social networks that she had received a government summons. “People from the Minint (Ministry of the Interior) have just called me on the phone at the time they summoned me to ‘meet’. I told them no. They told me they were going to give me a subpoena. As soon as it arrives, I will attend with my head held high. I do not have anything to hide”.
Before the arrival of the Police, the young youtuber who uses her networks to denounce the political crisis in Cuba had been criticizing the Government: “We haven’t believed in any regimen for a long time. The president of Cuba does not represent us. “
Since last Sunday, Cuba was immersed in a series of demonstrations against the Government of Miguel Díaz-Canel due to the fatigue of citizens due to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus, the shortage of food and medicine and the blackouts of light and lack of internet that they reported in some of the most humble regions during the last days.
This Tuesday morning, the content creator spoke with tears in her eyes on Instagram, where she has about 65 thousand followers.
“I have not slept an eye, I could not sleep. I never thought I felt so much what was happening in my country as I am. I have the feeling of crying all the time. I am afraid but for my mother, otherwise I would be in the street screaming, “he said.
“But you can’t stop. You have to resist. Change is just around the corner,” he asked.
In the last hours, the correspondent for the newspaper ABC of Spain, Camila Acosta, was arrested in Cuba after covering the historic protests against the regime that governs that country.
According to that newspaper, the journalist was intercepted in Havana when she left her home to carry out a personal procedure.
At the end of Sunday, the correspondent suffered the blocking of WhatsApp and the Internet, like many colleagues and citizens, a strategy of the regime headed by Miguel Díaz-Canel so that it does not transcend what is happening on the island, especially abroad. .
Protests and repression
Police officers arrest a man during a demonstration in Havana. Photo: EFE
The Cuban authorities repressed the strong protests that were replicated in different cities of Cuba due to the pandemic and the worst economic crisis in the country in the last 30 years.
They deployed the fearsome “black beret” squad, the elite group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), and there were dozens of violent arrests of dissidents, artists and independent journalists.
Organizations such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and Amnesty International denounced “the lack of guarantees for freedom of expression.”
For its part, the organization Reporters Without Borders this year included Díaz Canel in its gallery of “predators of press freedom.”
The report indicates that independent journalists in Cuba are watched by agents who try to limit their freedom of movement, arrest them and erase the information they possess. Thus, in the latest index on freedom of the press, Cuba ranks 171 out of a total of 180 countries.