TWO INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS ARRESTED COVERING ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTEST

06/24/2010 12:28 PM

06/24/2010 12:30 PM

CIEGO DE AVILA, Cuba, June 24, (Magaly Norvis Otero Suárez/ Hablemos Press / www.cubanet.org) ― Two independent are being held by police following their arrest while covering an anti-government demonstration.

José Manuel Caraballo Bravo, director of the Libre Avileña news agency who was taking photographs of the demonstration in Martí Park on Tuesday, and Raúl Arias Márquez, one of his reporters.

“The protest was started at 9 a.m. by a woman named Tatiana, her sister, two of her children and other family members who carried placards that said, ‘Down with abuses and fraud against our family by the government,” said Nilo Alejandro Gutiérrez González, also a member of the news agency.

He said police beat Arias Márquez and local boxers Pedro Hernández Milton and Yordani Hernández Milton when they tried to protect the demonstrators. Where the two journalists were being held by police was not immediately known.

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