Mayelín Rodríguez Prado, Nuevitas

The Cuban woman who broadcast the protests in Nuevitas live is unaccounted for

MIAMI, United States. – Mayelín Rodríguez Prado (alias La Chamaca), the Cuban woman who broadcast live the protests and arrests that took place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Nuevitas, Camagüey, is missing, denounced on Twitter the Justice 11J task force.

Although the relatives of Rodríguez Prado were informed in the Nuevitas National Revolutionary Police (PNR) unit that the 21-year-old had been transferred to the city of Camagüey, Justice 11J assured that it will not take this information for granted “as Mayelín do not make the regulatory call that would end his disappearance.”

In the early hours of this Sunday, the NGO reported that it had lost direct communication with Rodríguez Prado and said that the young woman could be detained.

Several hours earlier, on Saturday, Rodríguez Prado had been interrogated by State Security agents.

Thanks to their broadcasts on Facebook, Internet users inside and outside of Cuba were able to follow the course of the protests.

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The NGO that emerged as a result of the historic demonstrations of July 11 and 12, 2021 also denounced that since the protests that began on Thursday night, “the arrest of several young protesters” has taken place, who would have been transferred in a cage truck to Camaguey.

“We get reports of many injured people in Nuevitas. In the broadcasts it has been narrated that the repressive forces have thrown stones and bottles, have hit with tonfas and have released the dogs to intimidate. At least one person has a bite injury.” lament the group on August 20.

On Friday night and early Saturday morning, residents of Nuevitas took to the streets for the second consecutive day to denounce the prolonged power cuts that reach up to 18 hours.

Less than 24 hours earlier, the residents of that city staged the largest popular protest against the Cuban authorities since 11J.

PNR agents beat at least three girls, ages 11 and 12, who were trying to prevent the arrest of a demonstrator. “They are children! They are girls!”, is heard shouting in a live broadcast of the profile of Rodriguez Prado.

As can be seen in several videos broadcast in the early hours of Saturday, the policemen struggled with the girls until they released the man who was accompanying them and whom they violently detained.

The girls themselves offered their testimony in another video Posted by the same Facebook user.

“The police to catch him prisoner [al manifestante que las acompañaba], they hit us, so that we could let him go. They were a stack and a fat one there, that was the one that got me hard, “said one of the two minors.

Both showed the marks of the blows received on the back, legs and feet.

Less than 24 hours before, on Thursday night and early Friday morning, dozens of residents of Nuevitas also they manifested to shouts of “Libertad” and with the conga of “Put the current pin…”.

“Let’s go to the Party. Hey for the Party” and “Put the current pin…Down with Díaz-Canel! Diaz-Canel singao! Down with the dictatorship!” are some of the phrases that the protesters were heard shouting as they walked through the dark streets playing pots.

During the demonstration the Cubans even sang the National anthem. “Nevitas got hot. It’s about time, this is too much. Older people and children can’t take this anymore,” commented user Alejandro Sariego.

According to several comments on social networks, the residents of Nuevitas have been suffering from long blackouts for three months. Last week, the Electric Company of that province announced power outages of up to 18 hours due to problems with the thermoelectric plants in Cuba.

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