|Preemptive arrests and state security presence block protest for SNET|
Yoani Sanchez reported earlier over twitter that "with arrests and threats, State Security aborts a protest for SNet. Activists, independent journalists and members of the wireless network denounced political police pressures."
On August 16, 2019 Andrea Rodriguez, the long time Associated Press correspondent in Cuba, reported that "after weeks of complaints and protests, the state JovenClub will absorb SNET, the street network that delighted gamers for a decade without Internet in Cuba."#Cuba Más detalles de lo ocurrido hoy: Con arrestos y amenazas, la Seguridad del Estado aborta una protesta por SNet. Activistas, periodistas independientes y miembros de la red inalámbrica denunciaron presiones de la policía política. https://t.co/3YeDRyPXxz pic.twitter.com/nlV8gdLiac— Yoani Sánchez 🇨🇺 (@yoanisanchez) August 17, 2019
This is a euphemistic way to report that the Castro regime has seized an independent network in a government take over.
This has also happened in the real world in the recent past with the seizure of the Rotilla music festival in 2011. Rotilla had been tolerated and held gatherings in Cuba for over a decade before it was shut down.
S-Net and Rotilla were not political spaces but free spaces for youth to gather. In a totalitarian regime that is unacceptable. This is why when members of S-Net try to maintain a horizontal platform they are tolerated for a time, as was Rotilla, but is eventually eliminated. The priority is control not providing more services and spaces for Cubans.
Ernesto de Armas on August 15 over twitter posted a 5-second video that briefly shows a blue vehicle traveling with the following text: "Yesterday at 11:45 pm + - State security came to my home. They took me in a patrol car. They threatened me, falsely accused me of things, even threatened me with jail. I am very sad that this happens just to defend SNET in my country. I don't hurt anyone ..."It's ironic that @ETECSA_Cuba fights #SNET. In the long run, they would gain business by giving SNET free Internet access. ETECSA would get new users, new apps & the #Cuban economy & society would benefit. https://t.co/rwshJXuvlC https://t.co/1xrFQgY3OP— larry Press (@larrypress) August 15, 2019
@camilocondi @ElYuma pic.twitter.com/YAhxEPWCaM
Ayer a las 11:45pm +- vino la seguridad del estado a mi casa. Me llevaron en una patrulla. Me amenazaron, me acusaron falsamente de cosas, incluso me amenazaron con la cárcel. Estoy muy triste de que esto suceda solo por defender SNET en mi país. Yo no hago daño a nadie...😢😢 pic.twitter.com/cBJGlBdfGz— Ernesto De Armas (@RealErnesto95) August 15, 2019