Press Advisory: CFC condemns crackdown on San Isidro Movement, demands release of prisoners of conscience and expresses concern for 2 disappeared activists

Press Advisory

Center for a Free Cuba condemns crackdown on San Isidro Movement hunger strikers, demands release of prisoners of conscience and expresses concern for two disappeared activists

November 27, 2020
Contact: John Suarez
612-367-6845
                                                                                                                                                    

Several members of the San Isidro Movement, arrested and beaten last night by agents of the Castro regime, are exercising their right to protest against injustice and demand the release of their friend, artist and fellow activist, Denis Solís González.  The San Isidro Movement (ISM) headquarters have been taken over and all residing in it forcibly removed, including its resident Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara.  According to ISM spokesperson Michel Matos, both Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara  and Anamely Ramos González were detained again at 6:00am and are still missing.

The use of force by officials demonstrates that the Castro dictatorship is not willing to listen to Cubans demanding that their rights be respected and to address the problems facing Cuban society.

“The Center for a Free Cuba (CFC) stands in solidarity with the San Isidro Movement, and its defense of fundamental human rights, and joins the call for the freedom of Denis Solís González without delay. We also ask where Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara  and Anamely Ramos González are and are concerned for their well being. CFC also denounces the arrest of Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina, coordinator of Palenque Vision and the Eastern Democratic Alliance, detained in Santa Clara while on his way to Havana on November 26 at 12:14am to support the strikers and released this morning,” said John Suarez, executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba.

Finally, “CFC is calling for the immediate release of prisoners of conscience Silverio Portal Contreras, Yandier García Labrada, Josiel Guía Piloto, Edilberto Ronal Arzuaga Alcalá and many others unjustly imprisoned under the Orwellian penal code of the Havana regime,” emphasized Mr. Suarez.

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