Rumble in Holguin

Los Aldeanos cause a rumble in Holguin.

A top Cuban hip hop duo that lashes the ruling system with its lyrics reportedly sparked a clash with police last week when they tried to visit two youths jailed since Dec. 25 for playing their music too loudly.

The reports included contradictory information and could not be independently confirmed, but coincided in noting that the group Los Aldeanos was at the heart of a “public disorder” Friday in the eastern city of Holguín.

Havana human rights activist Elizardo Sanchez Santa Cruz said he had received reports that about 80 people were detained and five were injured, apparently by rocks thrown at police from a crowd of 1,500 youths that had gathered around the Aldeanos.

Dozens were detained but there was no word on how many remained in jail Monday, Holguín dissident Caridad Caballero told El Nuevo Herald. She said she was not at the clash but had spoken to several people who were.