From our Bureau of Fruitless But Valuable Quixotic Gestures
Castro, Inc. laughs at petitions of this sort. But they’re valuable. Yes, their value is largely symbolic, but symbols matter a lot. And gestures like this can go down in the historical record (unless the entire world is taken over by leftist totalitarianism, in which case all traces of such things will be expunged from history).
Loosely translated from CiberCuba
More than 140 organizations and intellectuals signed this Thursday a declaration in solidarity with Maykel “Osorbo” Castillo, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and all those who remain unjustly detained and accused for exercising their right to free expression in Cuba.
The signatories -64 organizations and 79 artists- condemned the unjustified charges of contempt, defamation and public disorder brought against Osorbo Castillo and Otero Alcántara and demanded that the Cuban government release them. They also asked to stop the harassment and repression against protesting artists.
The statement, launched by the Network for the Protection of Artists at Risk in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARC), highlights the artistic and resistance trajectory of both artists and denounces the sustained campaign of harassment and persecution to which they have been subjected since 2016.
“The cases against both artists simply represent an obvious attempt to criminalize their art and opinions. The goal of these charges has never been to deliver justice or allow free and fair discourse on the problems facing the Cuban people, but rather to monitor, harass, detain and silence,” he states.
Among the signatory organizations stand out ARTICLE 19 Mexico and Central America, CIVICUS, Democratic Culture, Freedom House and more than twenty dependencies of International PEN. Also, prominent artists and personalities sign the letter.
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