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Release Imprisoned Artists

On July 11, 2021, thousands of people took to the streets in Cuba to demonstrate peacefully, exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. In response, authorities detained and criminalized hundreds for participating in the nation-wide protest.

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is an artist and member of the San Isidro Movement. The San Isidro Movement was formed by artists, journalists, and academics in response to Decree 349, a law seeking to silence critical artists. On July 11, 2021, Luis was detained by state agents shortly after posting a video declaring his intention to join the protests. Maykel Castillo Pérez, commonly known by his artistic name "Maykel Osorbo," is a musician, member of the San Isidro Movement, and co-author of the song “Patria y Vida”, a protest anthem criticizing the Cuban government. On May 18, 2021, security agents detained the musician at his home and then refused to provide information on his whereabouts for 10 days.

On August 19, 2021, Amnesty International named Luis and Maykel prisoners of conscience, along with other Cubans detained in the context of the protests of July 11, 2021 and are calling for all charges to be dropped and that they be immediately and unconditionally released.

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