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Cuban security forces evict hunger-striking activists in raid on HQ

Dissident San Isidro movement little known until it publicised protest on social media

Cuban authorities have broken up a protest by a group of dissident artists, academics, journalists and activists, evicting them from their headquarters where they had declared a hunger strike against curbs on civil liberties.

Authorities said they had to intervene late on Thursday because of violations of hygiene protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But the group said this was an “absurd” pretext for ending a protest that had shone a spotlight on rights abuses in the one-party state.

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