As Cubans proceed to take to the streets this month to protest deteriorating dwelling situations, meals shortages, and an absence of well being care, the federal government has intensified its crackdown on dissenting voices—significantly these of distinguished artists.
Yesterday, artist Tania Bruguera was allegedly taken from her dwelling by state safety officers and quickly moved to the Cuban jail of Villa Marista.
The incident was detailed in a post on the artist’s Facebook page, run by her studio. In response to the publish, Bruguera was questioned for 11 hours about her relationship to fellow dissident artist Hamlet Lavastida, who has been imprisoned since late June, and finally charged with varied crimes associated to her efforts in organizing in opposition to the federal government.
“To all this Tania responded with laughter given [the] falsity and nonsensical nature of all these accusations,” the publish learn, earlier than noting that Bruguera could be subsequently put below home arrest by the state. The artist and her studio didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Bruguera isn’t the one artist to face retaliation from the Cuban authorities within the ongoing wave of protests which have rocked the nation for the previous 10 days.
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, who has been a authorities goal on many events, was arrested on July 11 whereas on his method to a protest at Havana Malecón esplanade, and has remained in detention since. Now, the state plans to switch the 33-year-old artist to the Guanajay most safety jail, in accordance with Hyperallergic.
“I’m going to the Malecón, no matter the price,” Otero Alcántara stated in a video shared on his social media accounts previous to his arrest. “Sufficient of political prisoners, we would like democracy.”
Otero Alcántara was beforehand arrested in April for taking part in an indication in opposition to the Cuban authorities. After being detained, the artist went on a starvation strike, voluntarily giving up meals and water in protest.
The incident drew worldwide consideration. Amnesty Worldwide declared Otero Alcántara a “prisoner of conscience,” whereas a gaggle of distinguished artists, authors, and lecturers—together with John Akomfrah, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz, Julie Mehretu, and Carrie Mae Weems—issued a public letter to Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel calling for his freedom.
Anyelo Troya, a filmmaker who shot a part of the music video for the favored protest tune “Patria y Vida,” was additionally detained on July 11.
Díaz-Canel’s authorities has publicly blamed the U.S. and the embargo imposed on Cuba almost 60 years in the past for his nation’s poor dwelling situations. “We Cubans know completely effectively that the U.S. authorities is the primary answerable for the present scenario in Cuba,” the president stated in a press release tweeted out by the overseas ministry at the beginning of the protests. “#Cuba and its streets belong to the revolutionaries.”
The Cuban chief conveyed the same message in an emergency broadcast throughout the nation’s tv stations, calling for “all of the communists to take to the streets.” Diaz-Canal stated that “destabilization” could be met with a “revolutionary response.”
In response to Díaz-Canel’s messages, Bruguera took to Facebook to say, “The federal government is enjoying a really harmful recreation: making an attempt to cover actuality with propaganda. This isn’t going to work for them this time as a result of NOBODY BELIEVES THEM NOW.”
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