Spain has demanded the release of a journalist detained in Cuba following protests.
Spain's government demanded Tuesday that Cuban authorities release a journalist who was arrested last weekend while covering protests on the Caribbean island.
Camila Acosta, who was reporting on Cuba's civil unrest, was arrested Monday as police rounded up at least 100 people in the Communist country since thousands of protesters took to the streets of Havana and elsewhere.
“Spain defends the right to peaceful protest and calls on Cuban authorities to respect it,” Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares tweeted in Spanish.
“We demand Camila Acosta's immediate release,” Albares wrote.
Acosta was reporting for the Spanish newspaper ABC, which is unrelated to the ABC news network based in the United States.
According to the newspaper, Acosta is being charged in Cuba with "crimes against state security," and the newspaper urged the Spanish government to exert pressure on Cuba.
Cuban government officials reacted harshly in the aftermath of Sunday's unrest, the island's largest anti-government demonstration in decades.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel blamed the demonstrations on the United States, which he said were sparked by food shortages and economic hardships on the island.
Diaz-Canel claimed that the mass unrest was orchestrated by "the Cuban-American mafia" and "influencers and YouTubers."
Cuban Americans in Miami have also joined the protests.