Cuban dissident rapper whose arrest sparked the San Isidro protests goes into exile

Since his release from prison, Denis Solis has been a victim of constant repression by the communist Castro dictatorship, forcing the dissident artist to go into exile.

Via CiberCuba (my translation):

Denis Solis leaves Cuba over the harassment he has suffered since his release from prison

The decision by Cuban rapper Denis Solis to go into exile with part of his family was provoked by the harassment the artist has suffered since he was released from prison, said activist Anamely Ramos this Monday on social media.

“Denis Solis just called me from Serbia. He is doing well, tired after two days of traveling. He left on Saturday with part of his family. It as a personal and family decision, driven by the harassment he has been suffering since being released from prison this past July,” wrote the art historian.

Ramos, who went on a strike in San Isidro a year ago and now resides in Mexico, said such decision are always difficult, and it doesn’t get any easier once you leave the country. “Denis and his family are facing a difficult process of adaptation, like all Cubans who decide to escape Cuba have gone through.”

The activist, who was part of a group of artists, journalists, and members of civil society who went on a hunger strike at the San Isidro Movement headquarters to demand the release of the rapper, explained that the millions of Cubans in exile confirm how “asphyxiating it is for everyone on the island who wants to build a better country, a better life.”

Arrested on November 9, 2020 after confronting a police officer who entered his home to serve him with a court order, Solis was a victim of a trap set by State Security, Agents raided his home with the intent of arbitrarily arresting him in a violent manner. Two days after his arrest and an illegal summary trial, the artist was sent to prison with an 8-month sentence for the alleged crime of “contempt.”

His arrest sparked a wave of indignation both inside and outside the country, which led to a group of artists and members of the San Isidro Movement gathering together in a hunger strike that lasted almost 10 days demanding his release and eventually the historic July 11 protests in Cuba.

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