From our Bureau of Socialist Compassion and Social Justice with some assistance from our Bureau of Socialist Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Castro, Inc. doesn’t care if Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch call for the release of one of their political prisoners. In fact, quite often, international outcries have the opposite effect.
Instead of releasing artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Castro, Inc. has made life worse for him in prison, torturing and harassing him, and placing him in close proximity to dangerous criminals who could easily kill him. In other words, Lilly-white Castro, Inc. is putting into practice its Compassion, Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies by placing a peaceful Black artist in the company of hardened violent criminals.
Loosely translated from Marti Noticias
Aart curator Claudia Genlui has published an alarming message about the situation of Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara in the most rigorous prison in Guanajay, where the leader of the San Isidro Movement is being held.
The message comes through relatives of Otero Alcántara (Luisma) who, for the first time in several months, were able to visit him in prison on July 20, after the artist had abandoned the third hunger and thirst strike he carried out in the year who has been imprisoned.
According to what was expressed, State Security has mounted an operation against the artist called “harassment and destruction”. From that moment on, Otero Alcántara was transferred to a cell in the company of inmates for common crimes, to which they added a prisoner serving a 51-year sentence, one of those called in prison jargon, “those who have nothing to lose,” with the obvious mission of provoking the young opponent to “complicate his life,” explained Genlui.
“Luisma has tried to avoid problems, but the provocations are on the rise,” the Miami-based activist denounces at the moment. These stratagems by the regime’s political police against Otero Alcántara are due, in Genlui’s opinion, “to the visibility he has and his importance in the thought process of Cuban civil society,” which, he says, places him in “a constant danger and not only,” he stresses, “that they may try to complicate his sentence and leave him behind bars for more years, but also his life, his health and his physical integrity.”
From prison Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara insisted that “exile is not an option” and has asked his friend and curator, according to her in the post, to denounce that “he is not in a camp, he is suffering, he is under torture and his life is in danger.” His condition, although “stable, is delicate and” despite having abandoned the strike “, telephone calls continue to be suspended.