The correspondent of newspaper ABC of Spain, Camila Acosta, was arrested on Monday and released only this Friday by the Cuban security forces, in the midst of the increasingly acute and tense crisis that the Caribbean country is going through. Upon partially regaining her freedom, due to the fact that she will have to stay at home in a kind of house arrest, the journalist gave details of the four days that she was imprisoned.
Acosta said it was subjected to two daily interrogations, in which they asked him about his profession, his family and about the demonstrations in which he participated.
In her first testimony outside the detention centers, Acosta told ABC that she “I wanted to be imprisoned, because it was a unique opportunity to know what was going on inside, all the stories. “
“As of this Wednesday, there were around two (interrogations) a day, lasting more than an hour, in which they asked me about my profession, my family, the demonstration I attended … I recognized that I went and that I recorded, and I did a live show for CubaNet, “he said.
One of the massive protests in Havana, Cuba.
“They tried to underestimate me, saying that I was not important, that I was not a journalist, that practiced the profession illegally, that I did not have a contract with ABC and CubaNet, and that even these media had denied that I was working with them. That ABC had said it had no correspondent in Havana, “Acosta explained.
And she added about those moments in which, as she pointed out, the police tried to manipulate her: “I knew it was not true, because I am not new to interrogation. I know that I have to interpret the opposite of everything they say. Also they pressured me to agree and sign committing myself to pay the fine, which I did not, and that is why they applied house arrest to me. Something that I also refused to sign. The only thing I signed was the certificate of my release. ”
Acosta was released this Friday but will continue to be detained at her home for the duration of the investigation against her. The police accuse her of instigate the demonstrations. According to the journalist, he can only leave his house to buy what is necessary and must be far from any airport.
The correspondent of the Iberian media assured that the most shocking thing in his days of detention was “to learn about the experiences of the inmates”:There was a mother with her two daughters, who were arrested on the day of the demonstration and who they were severely beaten“, he specified.
She also said that “among the detainees there were other women who had approached the place of the protests out of curiosity and had been arrested, and their families did not know where they were “and” was also there a pregnant woman, who asked for medical attention but was denied. They gave it to him the moment they put it in my cell. “
Cuban police officers detain a protester in Havana, during the marches this Sunday against the Miguel Díaz-Canel regime. Photo EFE
Acosta, who had participated in the protests to cover them journalistically, was intercepted on Monday in Havana when he left his house to do a personal procedure.
Hours before, Sunday had suffered blocking WhatsApp and the Internet, like many colleagues and citizens.
On more than one occasion, Acosta pointed out that despite having been detained, she was not afraid and will continue to report what is happening in that country: “I am going to continue exercising my profession. I am not going to stop reporting. We must continue to report because there is a lot of people still detained, and their families do not know where they are. I wanted to be imprisoned, because it was a unique opportunity to find out what was going on inside, all the stories. But I knew, when they tried to agree with me, that the pressure outside was very strong “, sentenced.
The protests in Cuba left at least one dead, dozens injured and more than 100 arrested. Although the government does not want to give figures, some organizations speak of almost 400 arrested, of which some have already been released.
A mobilization to support the Revolution
The counter to the protests against the Cuban government was the mobilization that Raúl Castro himself led this Saturday, in an attempt to support the Revolution.
The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel (i), and Raúl Castro participated in an act of support for the revolution in Havana. Photo: EFE
Before a crowd that had been summoned at dawn through universities and official entities, President Miguel Díaz-Canel blamed the “enemy” for “launching himself with everything to destroy the sacred citizen unit”, although at the same time he called for the “self-criticism and to combat own” errors “, in the middle of a massive event.
The government supporters were summoned to the area known as La Piragua, on the Malecón, in front of the Vedado neighborhood and very close to the headquarters of the United States Embassy.
With Cuban flags and the July 26 Movement, photographs of the late Fidel Castro and his brother Raúl, the crowd chanted slogans in favor of the Revolution.