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Havana’s artists find their voice in a call to defend creative freedom

Fears over state curbs on live shows lead to hunger strike, arrests and street standoff with government

A portly young man leant out of his building’s doorway, flanked by police cars on both sides. Stray cats walked past, looking for scraps in the Havana night.

“I’ve been under surveillance by the police and state security for two days now,” said Esteban Rodríguez, 32, who describes himself as a social media influencer. “They don’t let me leave my house.”

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