Cuba: Cuban artists say authorities agree to talks after rare protests

Over two dozen Cuban protesters have met Deputy Minister Fernando Rojas, after hundreds of people demonstrated in Havana this week in a rare showing of public dissent against curbs to freedom of expression and the detention of artists and activists.

Artistic freedom and human rights groups had raised concerns about curbs to civil liberties in Cuba and the detention of Cuban rapper Denis Solis Gonzalez, which led to a rally outside the country’s culture ministry.

The protesters said on Saturday that the government agreed to a series of meetings and to review Gonzalez’s case.

“It’s a special flame that ignited here today,” activist and music promoter Michel Matos, who took part in the meeting with Rojas, told Reuters News Agency.


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