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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Another freelance journalist forced into exile: Mary Carla Ares arrives in America

Cuban freelance journalist Marie Carla Aires, a reporter for the community media outlet of the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Press (ICLEP), Amenesar Habanero, crossed the United States border from Mexico this Sunday, the organization posted on her Facebook account. Reported on. ,

Ares was arrested on April 30, 2021, during the events of Calle Obispo, where she was reporting, in real time, a protest against a group of youth supporting a hunger strike carried out by artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara. , after his works of art were stolen by state security, ICLEP recalled.

The young communicator was imprisoned in the Western Women’s Prison, known as Guatao. Subsequently, prosecutors applied a “change of remedy”, placing him under house arrest, awaiting trial.

“Since that date, the journalist has been harassed and persecuted by regime oppressors, and threatened with imprisonment on more than one occasion,” the organization asserted.

Ares arrived in America in the company of his father, Carlos Alberto Ares, designated ICLEP.

In addition to Ares, activists who demonstrated on Obispo Street on April 30 last year included Inti Soto Romero, Thais Mellon, Franco Benitez, Yuison Cancio Vera and his mother, Nancy Vera Hernandez; Luis ngel Cuza Alfonso and freelance journalist, currently exiled in the US, Esteban Rodriguez.

All these were released at different stages.

A “conciliation agreement” in January this year resolved the matter with high fines against the group of protesters and an “invitation” from regime officials to leave the country.

In early August, Franco Benítez, who remained under house arrest and threatened to return to prison, informed his followers on Facebook of his departure from Cuba with his eldest son, who was about to begin his military service. .

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