Let the protests begin. On Sunday before the pope’s mass in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución, at least three people were arrested by Cuban security officers, the AP and BBC report. The protesters were apparently distributing leaflets, although it’s unclear what was on them, because officers picked them up. Austen Ivereigh, who wrote a well-regarded biography of Francis, tweeted a picture of the arrests:
Here's the protest pic pic.twitter.com/pgl1SEeH85— Austen Ivereigh (@austeni) September 20, 2015
This is likely not the end of the protests to come during Francis’s visit to Cuba and the United States, nor the end of the quick and thorough smack-downs; throughout the trip, the pontiff will be traveling with a hefty security team.