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Cuba: Artist Tania Bruguera arrested again in Havana

11 June 2015

On 7 June 2015, artist Tania Bruguera was arrested once again in Cuba, along with dozens of other activists, and was manhandled by the police, reported Hyperallergic. As with most information about Bruguera over the past few months, the news — which Hyperallergic has not been able to independently verify …

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Cuba: Artist Tania Bruguera continues to be retained

5 February 2015

After one month of having her only passport confiscated by the Cuban Ministry of the Interior and with no possibilities to exit from Cuba, artist Tania Bruguera – currently under conditional freedom – must wait for another period up to 60 days, so that the Prosecutor may weigh in on …

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Cuba: Rapper sentenced to one year in prison

4 February 2015

On 28 January 2015, the rapper El Dkano (real name: Maikel Castillo Perez) was sentenced to a year in prison in Havana. It is generally believed he was targeted for having used music to express his dissenting political opinions. El Dkano was sentenced under a charge known as ‘peligrosidad predelictiva’ …

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Cuba: Rapper ‘El Critico’ released from prison

2 February 2015

After nearly two years in prison, Cuban rapper Ángel Yunier Remón Arzuaga, better known as ‘El Critico’, from the underground hip-hop duo The Unwanted Children, has been released, along with several other political prisoners across the island. Remón was sent to prison in 2013 after a violent, allegedly government-organised, mob …

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Cuba: Graffiti artist arrested over insulting leaders

26 January 2015

Danilo Maldonado, a graffiti artist better known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), was arrested again on 26 December 2014 while driving two pigs to a Havana park, prior to one of his scheduled visual art performances, reported Capitol Hill Cubans. He is facing three years in prison. The performance allegedly …

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Cuba: Performance artist detained twice

1 January 2015

On 30 December 2014, several Cuban dissidents – journalists, activists and artists – were arrested, including artist Tania Bruguera who played a key role in organising a free speech event on the day. She was released soon after, and then detained and released again a second time. A note posted on Facebook …

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Cuba: Graffiti artist El Sexto charged and detained

14 July 2014

The Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), has been in custody since 4 July 2014, charged with “violation of domicile and injury”. According to Cuban activists, Maldonado will be prosecuted by the Cuban authorities under the pretense of a common crime. As a general rule, people …

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Artist Alert: February 2014 | Article 19

14 March 2014

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 14 March 2014: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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Cuba: Rappers persecuted – beaten, ransacked, arrested

17 February 2014

Excerpt of blog-post by John Suarez at cubanexilequarter.blogspot.com: “The importance of generating and maintaining attention is critically important for anyone who dissents from the official government line. Rodolfo Ramirez, known by his rapping name as El Primario, member of the hip-hop duo El Primario y Julito, who appears in the …

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