Cuban opposition leader Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara sends a message from prison

Opposition leader Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara has been imprisoned since Cuba’s historic peaceful protests on July 11th. The artist and San Isidro Movement leader sent a message to all Cubans: ‘”I’m ready. We’re all connected.”

Via ADN Cuba (my translation):

Luis Manuel Otero from prison: ‘I’m ready. We’re all connected.”

Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara, the leader of the San Isidro Movement, sent a message on Friday from the Guanajay prison in Artemisa: “I’m ready. We’re all connected.”

According to art curator Claudia Gnelui, the artist spoke to her by telephone on July 30.

“He’s okay, he’s in good spirits, very positive outlook,” his girlfriend told ADN Cuba. Otero Alcantara is allowed two phone calls a week of limited duration.

His attorney has not yet been able to visit him in prison. COVID-19 restrictions require him to obtain a special pass that allows travel from Havana to Artemisa.

“Luis called me again today. I lose all track of time when I hear his voice. But he said just what I needed to hear, some very personal things, and above all, he sends a message to everyone: I am ready. We’re all connected. Luis knows he’s not alone. He has confidence in us and we in him. We’re going to get him out of there along with every other person who has been imprisoned for demanding their rights,” Genlui posted on Facebook.

Continue reading (in Spanish) HERE.