Update on dissident rapper detained in Bayamo

Ángel Yunier Remón Arzuaga, dissident rapper best known as “Critico de Arte” from the Cuban hip-hop group “Los Hijos Que Nadie Quiso” (‘The Unwanted Children’), remains detained this Sunday, March 24th after a brutal arrest on Thursday of last week.  Relatives and fellow activists did not know his whereabouts until this Sunday afternoon when his aunt, Lady in White Jaquelin Garcia spoke with his mother.  Police officials had told the family that Remon was being held in the Instructional Provincial Unit of Bayamo and gave no clear information or date as to when he would be released.  Regime authorities are trying to locate the printer Remon used to print out numerous pro-freedom pamphlets which he handed out last Thursday.

Major Sanchez told Angel Yunier’s mother that he was in good condition, eating well, which we know is completely false“, said Jaquelin Garcia, “Angel suffers from gastritis and each time he is detained he tells us that he doesn’t eat because the guards go as far as to spit in his food“.

The same official (Sanchez) asked the rapper’s mother where the printer he used was.  She refused to answer.

That is State Security’s big concern“, said Garcia, “they told his mother that until they find the printer they would not release him.  He had handed out about 500 pamphlets with pro-freedom messages last Thursday in a popular avenue of Bayamo“.

Angel Yunier Remon was violently arrested by various police agents that same Thursday, the 21st, when his aunt’s house was raided.  The agents physically assaulted him, choked him, and even used tear gas against him.

On Saturday afternoon, former political prisoner Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), a pro-democracy organization which Remon also belongs to, wrote in his Twitter account (@jdanielferrer) about the rapper, denouncing that “relatives and activists fear that Yunier Remon will end up sentenced to prison”.

“And without a doubt, Angel Yunier could very well end up jailed because of his distinguished activism”, he pointed out in another tweet.

For more information from Cuba, contact:
Jaquelin García – Cell Phone: +52-556-935 

Update on dissident rapper detained in Bayamo

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