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Cuba: Artists detained to prevent them from gathering at an event

4 February 2021
Image: San Isidro Movement / Movimiento San Isidro on Instagram

 

27 January 2021: Several artists, activists and journalists were detained to prevent them from gathering during an event organised as a tribute of poet José Martí, reported ADN Cuba.

According to Cubalex, poet Katherine Bisquet, visual artist Camila Ramírez Lobón, visual artist Tania Bruguera, visual artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, rapper Maykel Osorbo, poet Amaury Pacheco, actress Iris Ruiz and producer Michel Matos were amongst the detained artists. All detainees were later released.

Every year on 27 and 28 November, Cuba pays tribute to poet José Martí. Artists and activists from the 27N group and San Isidro Movement organised activities in Martí’s remembrance precisely two months after the 27 November 2020 protests at the Ministry of Culture.

On 27 November 2020, demonstrators gathered outside the Cuban Ministry of Culture to protest government control over the artists and artistic freedom.

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