Cuba: Artists arbitrarily detained

27 April 2021
Image: Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara (Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara on Facebook) and AfrikReina (AfrikReina BV on Facebook)


18 April 2021: Cuban visual artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was detained after he was released from a previous arrest on 17 April 2021, when rapper and poet AfrikReina was also arrested, reported CiberCuba.

The artists were detained during the raid on the Movimiento San Isidro (MSI) headquarters on 17 April 2021. Otero Alcántara was detained again on 18 April when he tried to retrieve his artworks seized by State Security Officers during the raid. 

According to ADN Cuba, visual artist and poet Amaury Pacheco was detained when he left his house to demand the return of Otero Alcántara’s works stolen during the raid.

One of the stolen artworks was a wooden structure used by Otero Alcántara during a performance denouncing imprisonment of artists under house arrest and arbitrary detentions.

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Posted by Luis manuel otero alcantara on Friday, 16 April 2021


According to Freemuse’s report on the State of Artistic Freedom 2021, at least 22 artists were arbitrarily arrested in Cuba for exercising their right to freedom of expression or assembly.

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