Ángel Yunier Remón Arzuaga, independent rapper best known as “El Critico de Arte” from the hip-hop duo “Los Hijos Que Nadie Quiso” (‘The Unwanted Children’), based in the city of Bayamo, was brutally assaulted by political police agents on the night of March 21st in the mentioned city. He was beaten and attacked with tear gas when agents broke in to the home of his aunt, Lady in White Jaquelin Garcia. During the raid, children also received physical blows at the hands of the officials. As of now, the whereabouts of Remon Arzuaga are unknown, and it is also not known in what conditions he is in.
“I witnessed how Yunier was taken from here and he was being choked, they hit him a lot…they shoved him into the cop car and he had about 4 uniformed agents on top of him”, said a desperate Jaquelin Garcia in an audio published on the YouTube channel of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), a pro-freedom group which Angel Yunier also belongs to. “I am very worried about Yunier, I don’t know where he has been taken to”, added Garcia.
Meanwhile, Jose Daniel Ferrer García, leader of UNPACU, explained on his Twitter account (@jdanielferrer) that “the police agents searched Yunier’s home…they took books, camera chargers and other objects”.
“Yunier’s mother suffered an epilepsy attack after witnessing the police violence against her son”, said another tweet by Ferrer. The dissident adds that the brutality took place after the rapper handed out pro-freedom pamphlets in a popular avenue of Bayamo.
The young musician’s life runs danger, just because he has chosen to make rap without censorship and to fight for the rights of all Cubans.