Will black Cuban activist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara suffer the same fate as Orlando Zapata Tamayo?

Cuban dissidents Orlando Zapata Tamayo and Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara

It’s impossible to ignore the similarities between Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara and martyred human rights activist Orlando Zapata Tamayo: two black Cuban activists the communist Castro regime prefers dead.

Via the Center for a FREE Cuba:

Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s 2010 extrajudicial killing should alert activists to Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara’s plight today

France 24 reported today that ” seven months after his arrest, loved ones of Cuban dissident artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara worry for his health, locked away mostly incommunicado in a high-security prison.” Family members and friends of Luis Manuel are right to be worried. The track record of the Cuban dictatorship towards nonviolent dissidents is not a good one.

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is a poor, black Cuban dissident and human rights defender recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience.

Today marks the 12 year anniversary of the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo. Orlando Zapata was a poor, black Cuban dissident and human rights defender recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience.

Orlando Zapata was a bricklayer, and a human rights defender while Luis Manuel is a performance artist, and a human rights defender.

Orlando Zapata was unjustly imprisoned in the Spring of 2003, tortured by Cuban prison officials and state security agents over the next six years and ten months. He died on February 23, 2010 following a prolonged hunger strike, aggravated by prison guards repeatedly refusing him water. He had been jailed, and harassed before for his human rights activism, and demonized by the Castro regime.

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was unjustly imprisoned on July 11, 2021, has been mistreated by prison officials, and periodically held incommunicado. ” The last time his girlfriend Claudia Genlui could speak to Alcantara, by telephone, was on January 18. Since then, he has started a hunger strike. It’s not his first'”, reports France24.

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