Cuban dissident rapper Maykel ‘El Osorbo’ Castillo marks 3 years as a prisoner of conscience

On Saturday, Grammy Award-winning rapper and Cuban activist Maykel “El Osorbo” Castillo marked his third year in a Castro gulag in communist Cuba. His crime? Defending human rights through his art. This is socialism in action.

Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Cuban rapper Maykel Castillo Pérez jailed for defending human rights through his art on May 18, 2021 marked three years of unjust detention today

Maykel Castillo Pérez, a prisoner of conscience, artist, musician, and two-time Grammy winner, was imprisoned on May 18, 2021, marking three years of illegal captivity today. Eliexer Márquez Duany, better known as El Funky shared a Tweet demonstrating the repression suffered by Maykel prior to his arrest, and describing the circumstances of his arrest, and trial. Below is an English translation followed by the actual Tweet.

Today, May 18, 2024, Maykel marks 3 years of detention, sentenced to 9 years in prison by a rigged court. “This was the last photo I was able to take with him where you can see the high surveillance he had on his house for state security, and after a few hours they took him shirtless and barefoot.”

Cuban curator, and a friend of Maykel’s, Anamely Ramos González observed this anniversary, to demand Maykel’s release with images of the Cuban artist living in freedom.

On May 18, 2021, Maykel Castillo (Osorbo) was taken from his house without a shirt and shoes and did not return. He is the only musician with two Grammys, imprisoned, because #CubaIsADictatorship. Today, however, we want to remember Maykel as in the second photos of the collage, free. #FreeMaykelOsorbo

Cuban prisoner of conscience Maykel Castillo Pérez “Osorbo” was sentenced to nine years in prison by the Castro regime on June 24, 2022.

Fellow musician and collaborator “El Funky” released a new music video on May 13, 2023, Warrior, dedicated to his unjustly imprisoned friends Maykel and Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara.

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