Castro dictatorship arrests Cuban dissident author at Havana airport, prevents him from traveling to Colombia for a literary conference

Speaking of the Castro dictatorship’s oppression of artists who do not swear allegiance to the Cuban regime, here is another example.

Angel Santiesteban-Prats

Cuban dissident author Angel Santiesteban was denied permission to board a flight to Colombia where he had plans to attend a literary conference. The Castro dictatorship allowed him to pay for his Cuban passport, pay for his flight, and then arrested him at the airport.

Via Martí Noticias (my translation):

Angel Santiesteban arrested while attempting travel to literary event

Cuban author Angel Santiesteban was arrested at the Havana International Airport when the attempted to board a flight to Colombia to participate in a literary conference at the University of Sergio Arboleda. He was slated to present his books there and speak about independent literature and art in his country.

The author of The Children No One Wanted, A Dream on a Summer’s Day, and Blessed are those who Cry, was allowed to obtain a passport, but when the time came to board his flight to Bogota, they told him he could not leave the country.

Agents of the Cuban dictatorship told him he was “regulated,” and without providing any further explanation, he was arrested and taken to the police station in Boyeros. Santiesteban is suffering from cancer and requires medical attention available only outside of Cuba.

Continue reading (in Spanish) HERE.