MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The mother of a Cuban journalist who is being held in Cuba is making an emotional plea at the Center for a Free Cuba in Coral Gables.

She said her son, Henry Constantin Ferreiro, was just covering the protests when he was arrested.

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She’s pleading for the release of her son.

Ferreiro and others are being accused of public disorder and incitement.

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“They’re journalists, not criminals. It is a very dangerous moment, and the Cubans have refused to be silenced,” said John Suarez, Executive Director at the Center for a Free Cuba.

“We believe that the number of detained, disappeared, and murdered is still increasing.”

Henry works for an online magazine and was detained Sunday during a government crackdown.

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Two others were also taken into custody.

CBSMiami.com Team