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The Cuban dictatorship closed access to foreign diplomats and the press at the start of the trial against Luis Otero Alcántara and Maykel Castillo

Strong security controls and complaints of repression surrounded this Monday the first day of the trial of Cuban artists and dissidents Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and Maykel Castillo, El Osorbo.

Otero Alcántara and Castillo, for whom the prosecution is asking for 7 and 10 years in prison, respectively, have been in provisional prison since last year. The human rights NGOs Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) have demanded that they be released “immediately and unconditionally”.

The hearing, with a second session scheduled for this Tuesday, was held at the Marianao Court in Havana, which woke up surrounded by state security agents.

A police cordon more than a hundred meters from the courthouse allowed access only to authorized vehicles and some relatives.

Neither international media nor NGOs had access to the trial. Neither did representatives of European diplomatic missions, who approached the court.

Diplomats from the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden appeared in the vicinity of the courthouse, but were unable to access its interior.

“We just want to go in to observe the trial,” explained a German diplomat in statements to international media. “We want human rights to be respected in all places and countries,” he added.

Juan Pappier, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch (HRW) for the Americas, assured on Twitter that he had received “credible complaints of Internet outages, intimidation, and restrictions so that activists and journalists cannot attend the trial or access its interior.”

“The democratic governments of Latin America and Europe must demand their release,” he added.

Along the same lines, the NGO Cubalex assured that “several Cuban activists and journalists have woken up under police surveillance so that they cannot attend the trial or cover it as reporters.”

He also denounced “episodes of violence against relatives of activists who faced the fence and left their house, as happened with the sister of actor and activist Daniel Triana.”

Activists described the process as a farce and demanded a public and televised trial. Several denounced on networks that they were besieged in their homes and Internet outages.

The official Cuban media did not report on the trial.

In several cities in other countries, such as the US and Spain, protest rallies were held.


The Cuban Prosecutor’s Office requested last March 7 and ten years in prison, respectively, for Otero Alcántara and Castillo.

Otero Alcántara, leader of the San Isidro Movement (MSI) and in jail since July 11, is accused of the alleged crimes of outrage against the symbols of the country, contempt and public disorder. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience.

Rapper Castillo, in prison since May 2021, is charged with the alleged crimes of contempt, “defamation of institutions and organizations and of heroes and martyrs”, attack and public disorder.

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has demanded Castillo’s immediate release, since it considers that the process against him is illegal.

This trial is not linked to the anti-government protests of July 11. They are being tried for some controversial events that occurred on April 4, 2021.

That day, El Osorbo, co-performer of the song “Homeland and Life” -later the slogan of the July 11 protests-, was arrested after a run-in with some agents, apparently because his companion was not wearing a mask.

After the incident, Castillo fled, with handcuffs on one wrist, to Otero Alcántara’s house and from there shouted slogans against the regime, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

The singer was not arrested until a month later and since then he has remained in prison.

The Prosecutor’s Office also includes in his brief other previous facts that it considers to constitute a crime by the two dissidents.

Among them, “offensive writings against the flag” on the networks, posting “memes” on Facebook to “ridicule and discredit” the country’s president and accusing the regime in a direct network of “lack of medical resources” during the pandemic .

The case includes three others under investigation: Félix Roque Delgado (request for 5 years in prison for attack), Juslid Justiz Lazo (5 years of correctional work with internment for attack) and Reina Sierra Duvergel (3 years of correctional work without internment for attack ).


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José Martí
José Martí
Nacionalista cubano, poeta, filósofo, ensayista, periodista, traductor, profesor y editor.

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