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Cuban YouTuber says she’s being taken into custody during interview

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A popular Cuban YouTuber known as Dina Stars was taken away by security forces midway through a news interview, according to a report.

The YouTuber, whose real name is Dina Fernandez, was being interviewed online for Spanish-language Canal 4 about Sunday’s massive protests in the Communist nation when she abruptly left the room, CNN reported.

“The state’s security forces are here,” she said in Spanish during the broadcast from her home in Havana. “I have to go.”

People gather during protests against and in support of the government, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, outside the Capitol building, in Havana, Cuba July 11, 2021
People gather during protests against and in support of the government outside the Capitol building in Havana, Cuba, July 11, 2021.
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Men’s voices can then be heard in the background before Fernandez returns.

“They’re taking me,” she said, visibly nervous. “I hold the government responsible for anything that happens. I have to go.”

Cuban security personnel are not seen in the broadcast, which ends suddenly.

Spain demanding Cuba release journalist jailed during protests
Cuban security personnel are not seen in the broadcast.
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Security forces on the island have moved swiftly since thousands took to the streets Sunday to protest shortages in food and COVID-19 vaccines, during the largest uprising against the Cuban regime in decades.

Among those seized since the demonstrations is Camila Acosta, a journalist for Spain’s ABC newspaper, who remains in custody.

The protest, and the Communist regime’s crackdown, has sparked large protests in the US, including in Miami and Tampa, where large numbers of Cuban-Americans live.

Camila Acosta
Among those seized since the demonstrations is Camila Acosta.
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