A Hip-Hop dance that is dangerous for Cuban State Security

The young Cuban Yunior Ramirez Roca is the cultural promoter of the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy, an opposition group which, as the name suggests, focuses on working with the youth of the island.  28-year old Ramirez also distinguishes himself as a Hip-Hop dancer, or B-Boy, and dedicates much of his time to impart classes to other youths in Havana in this style of dance with the purpose of keeping them away from drugs, alchoholism and participation in State events such as acts of repudiation against non-conformists.

The following video was published by the CYMD on its YouTube channel and shows a performance by Ramirez Roca.  It is precisely because of these dances and his project to attract the youth that State Security has violently arrested him on various occassions. In the two most recent cases the authorities have deported the activist from the capital to Isle of Youth (originally known as Isle of Pines), his place of birth, despite the fact that he has been living in Havana for several years.

During his arrests Yunior has been threatened by police officials that if he continues in the opposition and working with civil society he would be sent to prison.  Apparently, his Hip-Hop dance skills turn out to be very dangerous for the military regime of Havana.

UPDATED on November 19th 2013: Eriberto Liranza Romero, president of the CYMD, informed via text message that Yunior Ramirez was arrested once again on Monday, November 18th in Havana and is being held in the police unit known as “El Vivac”.  

A Hip-Hop dance that is dangerous for Cuban State Security

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