12 September: Police detained Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara from his home during the celebration of the second anniversary of San Isidro Movement and took him to the police station, reported Ciber Cuba.
He was released on the same day with 2000 Cuban pesos fine (around 66 euros).
In his statement published on Facebook, Otero Alcántara said that he didn’t resist the arrest and that he was taken to the police station. He also added that when his friend Anamelys Ramos came to the station to demand his release, she was thrown away with the use of force. Otero Alcántara said that he complained about the way she was treated, and then he was beated as a response.
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15 September 2020
UPDATE: Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara detained for a sign referring to the Sunflower Revolution
8 September 2020: Cuban visual artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was detained while sitting on a street and holding a sign referring to the Sunflower Revolution, reported Ciber Cuba.
“As long as freedom does not exist in Cuba, my sunflower will continue to lack colours,” Alcántara said in a video published on his Facebook profile before he was arrested.
The Sunflower Revolution is a peaceful demonstration initiated by the opposition leaders. The action calls for all Cuban to wear a Sunflower during the month of September as a peaceful manifestation against the regime.
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6 February 2020
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara arbitrarily detained again
26 January 2020: Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was released after police detained him near his girlfriend Claudia Genlui Hidalgo’s home. Alcántara had planned to accompany Hidalgo to the José Marti Airport in La Habana as she intended to depart for a work trip, reported AND Cuba.
Hidalgo published a post on her Facebook page in which she reveals that Alcántara did not show up at their scheduled meeting point at the airport.
“Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara is missing. He was kidnapped by the political police,” said Hidalgo in her Facebook post.
After his release, the artist shared a statement via Hildago’s Facebook saying that “I was kidnapped at the corner of Claudia Genlui’s house when I was ready to accompany her to José Marti Airport since she had to travel.”
Both Alcántara and Hidalgo are members of San Isidro Movement – a group repressed by the authorities for the group’s criticisms of state policy in cultural matters.
Alcántara was the most arbitrarily detained artist in Cuba in 2019.
In the joint statement, Freemuse and CADAL expressed their concern about the resurgence of repression of referents of Cuban independent culture and declare their solidarity with the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara.