Dissidents disrupted a live broadcast by ESPN on Tuesday and in true Cuba fashion, they were summarily manhandled and taken away.
— Yusnaby Pérez (@Yusnaby) March 22, 2016
ESPN was in the country to cover President Obama kissing Raul Castro’s ring and attending a baseball game with him.
Anchor Bob Ley was reporting live as shouts could be heard off camera and paper was thrown in the air as a young man in black sunglasses jumped into the shot.
“We have a moment here with a political demonstration on our set,” Ley said, stepping out of the frame. The man threw papers into the air and yelled before being pulled down.
The protester, as well as several others, could be seen being dragged away by “plain clothes policemen,” according to Ley.
One man was aggressively thrown into the back of a police car, with his hands waving wildly.
Like a baseball game, Ley provided the play-by-play.
“Astonishingly, as soon as (the paper) hit the ground, they made several arrests, they were taken off here — dragged off here — one dissident was taken off, police restraining him by the neck, putting him in a car, so they’ve been taken away.”