Cuban writer Ángel Santiesteban-Prats wins Václav Havel International Prize for creative dissent

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Loosely translated and abridged from Diario Las Americas:

Cuban writer, blogger and former political prisoner Ángel Santiesteban-Prats was awarded the 2020 Václav Havel International Prize for creative dissent on Monday, Cubanet reported.

The Václav Havel Prize was announced today by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation; The organization detailed that it was an award for a brave writer at risk:

“Ángel Santiesteban Prats is known as the most prolific, frank and critical public of the authoritarianism of Cuba dominated by the Castro family for 60 years. He has shown great courage and leadership speaking out against the imprisonment of 75 writers and political activists, when all other public intellectuals fell silent. He stayed in Cuba, even after being mistreated in prison for five years. His film Plantados about Castro’s brutal treatment of dissidents will have a shocking impact. “

Precisely, Ángel Santiesteban-Prats has been recognized for his work, mainly for the script of the film Plantados. The film tells the story of the political prison in Cuba, the abuses and crimes of the communist regime against the prisoners of conscience who in the 1960s refused to accept the Reeducation and Forced Labor Plan.

“For me,” declared the writer, “it is a high honor that the spirit of Václav Havel is with me, bridging the gap between me and that great fighter for universal freedoms. It is also an important stimulus that the script for the film Plantados is recognized, an enormous effort by the Cubans who made its filming possible and which will soon be in theaters around the world ”.

This is the third award given in Cuba since 2012, when it was established by the Human Rights Foundation based in New York City. The Ladies in White received it in 2013; then, in 2015, the Cuban graffiti artist and activist El Sexto was also awarded.

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