Cuban youtuber Dina Stars is arrested in a live interview: “State security is out, I have to go out” | Univision Latin America News

“Live I hold the government responsible for anything that may happen to me (…) I have to go.” Those were the last words of the youtuber Cuban Dina Stars on Tuesday cutting a live interview with a Spanish channel after the island’s authorities went to her home for her.

But, when he was about to begin his story, he made signs with his hands for a stop. “State security is out there,” he said on the live link. “I have to go out,” he added. Minutes later he went with the authorities.

While these were happening, the Facebook page DISAPARECIDOS #SOSCuba was filled with dozens of messages from people denouncing the disappearance of a family member or friend after the historic demonstrations last Sunday.

“Our friend (…) they have detained, like many other people, in the 3rd unit of the PNR of Camagüey. The policemen are attending to the families of the detainees on the sidewalk,” reads one of the messages .

The list of people whose whereabouts is unknown rises to over 100, according to a registry kept by the organization Movimiento San Isidro (MSI), made up of intellectuals and university students. It includes at this time the opposition Guillermo Fariñas and the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, added MSI.

That same movement signed a letter together with other organizations and independent media condemning “the Cuban government’s repression of citizen protests,” which it assures They are the result of food and sanitation shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, frequent power outages and lack of individual freedoms.

They restrict access to social networks

In addition to the arrests reported by the organizations, a web monitoring group said Tuesday that Cuban authorities cut off access to major social media platforms to try to stop the flow of information before the demonstrations against the government.

Data from the London-based group NetBlocks showed outages since Monday on WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and also on some Telegram servers. The government can interrupt access through the state-owned ETECSA -Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba- and the only mobile communications service Cubacel, according to NetBlocks.

NetBlocks said some Cubans were able to get around the restrictions by using virtual private networks or VPNs. The blockade was similar to the one imposed during the protests of the San Isidro Movement for artistic freedom in Havana in November 2020, the group said.