By Alexandra Leon
aleon@MiamiHerald.com The man who shouted anti-government slogans during Pope Benedict XVI’s mass in Santiago de Cuba has been identified.
According to hablasinmiedo.com, a U.S.-based hotline where Cubans can call and report dissident detainment, Alfonso Chaviano Peláez called in and reported the protestor is Andres Carrion Alvarez, a 38-year-old Santiago local.
Just before Monday’s mass began at Antonio Maceo Square, Alvarez yelled “Down with the Revolution! Down with the dictatorship!” near a group of journalists.
Security immediately took him away, and video shows him being hit by what seems like a first aid worker.
Peláez said he was still being detained at in Santiago as of Friday morning.