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The heavy arm of the Cuban government has been falling on the people protesting the government, but it’s also falling on those who have been trying to cover what’s going on in the media.

There are now reports of at least 140 people having been “detained” by the government or have been “disappeared.”

From The Guardian:

“The idea is to punish those who dare to challenge the government … and send a message” that no further protests would be tolerated, said Guevara-Rosas, who said spontaneous and peaceful rallies had taken place in at least 48 separate locations, including Havana.

On Tuesday Spain’s foreign minister, José Manuel Albares, demanded the immediate release of Camila Acosta, a Cuban journalist who reports for a Spanish newspaper and was among those seized from their homes in the capital early on Monday. [….]

But targets appeared to include prominent human rights campaigners, independent journalists and one of the leaders of the Movimiento San Isidro, a collective of artists and activists that has been pushing for greater political freedoms.

Marta María Ramírez, 46, a feminist and LGBT activist, said she knew dozens of people who had been arrested, among them Gretel Medina, a young film director who is breastfeeding her baby son. “I’m very sad about the violent response from authorities,” Ramírez said.

🚨#SOSCuba🚨

This is horrifying. In this video, we see Cuban communist police forces ripping a young girl from her family’s arms as onlookers tell them to stop.

How much longer are we going to allow this to continue happening? We must act strongly and decisively. #PatriaYVida pic.twitter.com/CLbHRJ7ZhW

— Giancarlo Sopo (@GiancarloSopo) July 13, 2021

According to Fox, at least one man has been reported killed.

Now there’s actually video of an independent journalist being interrupted on a live broadcast, as she’s reporting the news to a Spanish TV station, the Cuban security service shows up at her door to take her away.

🚨BREAKING🚨

Cuban state security forces detain independent journalist @DinaStars_ as she she was being interviewed live on TV by @martaflich of Spain. She has been covering the protests.#SOSCuba

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