Cuban Regime Arrests Arbitrally 22 As Support for Artists Grows
At least eighty Cuban filmmakers have signed a statement of solidarity with the members of San Isidro Movement who launched hunger strike in protest against the unjust imprisonment of the pro-freedom rapper.
On Tuesday, the regime attacked Cubans who gathered in parks showing their support for the artists. A mob hired by the police injured two foreign journalists who arrived at the apartment of the San Isidro artists in Havana. The police arrested twenty-two participants of the protests, informed the Panamerican Foundation for Democracy.
But the support for the hunger strikers has been increasing to many social groups that previously were not involved in opposition.
We are on the side of freedom and life, always opposed to any form of injustice. We want them, and we need them alive, said the author of the statement, also signed by director Juan Carlos Cremata, producer Claudia Calviño, actor Mario Guerra. Many other celebrities, including a group known as "filmmakers of the Shoal", with directors, producers, photographers, scriptwriters, journalists, actors, and critics.
"We are on the side of freedom and life, always opposed to any form of injustice,
we renounce the fear, insensitivity, and silence that make us accomplices"
We sympathize with the members of the San Isidro Movement who are on strike to defend their right to think differently and to express it freely. The same rights for which we have fought until today in our field. Our dispersed voices want to find a common channel. We renounce the fear, insensitivity, and silence that make us accomplices, stated the author of the note posted on Facebook.
Other Cuban artists, including Haydée Milanés, Descemer Bueno, and Alexis Valdés, urged the government for a dialogue regarding the events in San Isidro.
The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression demanded from the Cuban regime "to end the harassment against those who legitimately exercise their freedom of expression, including subpoenas, arbitrary detentions, pressure on the family and the environment, and judicial harassment."
The representatives of the embassies of Poland and Holland have called the San Isidro Movement to express their solidarity, assure them that they are monitoring their situation.
At least two police patrols and more than a dozen officials blocked Tuesday to access to the San Isidro Movement office where the hunger strikers reside.