Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is set to be transferred to the Guanajay maximum security prison, facing charges of contempt, resistance, and assault.
Over 140 artists and intellectuals including Tania Bruguera and Katherine Bisquet have voiced their support for Hamlet Lavastida.
“Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is being detained solely for peacefully expressing his ideas through his art and for his nonviolent defense of human rights,” the open letter reads.
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara has been without food or fluids for seven days after Cuban police raided his home and took several artworks.
The “Patria y Vida” video is spreading like wildfire in Cuba and Miami, a sign of widespread discontent on the island as well as unity among Cubans.
The bipartisan group of politicians urges the release of Denis Solís, a rapper arbitrarily detained last year, and expresses solidarity with the San Isidro Movement artist-activist collective.
“We must use the right definitions: KIDNAPPING,” said Deborah Bruguera, the artist-activist’s sister.