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.
#Cuba This poster in solidarity with @LMOAlcantara reads: “Where are my art pieces?
Since April 17 @LMOAlcantara has demanded the return of his art pieces stolen by the regime as well as the end of the police besiege he has been subjected since Nov 2020#Canada #HumanRights pic.twitter.com/5JfpUEaYTH
— Michael Lima Cuadra (@ngotranslations) April 25, 2021
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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.