by Arturo Sandoval
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, is a Cuban plastic artist, dissident and leader of the San Isidro Movement, a group of Cuban artists, journalists and academics formed in 2018 to protest against the government’s censorship of artistic expression in Cuba, for a long time he has been imprisoned, harassed and constantly threatened by the Cuban dictatorship, recently his works of art were confiscated with impunity and destroyed and at the moment he is on a hunger and thirst strike for more than a week, in protest against the abuses and lack of human rights in Cuba. His life is in danger right now.
This is my message to him:
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara: I want to see you too, give you a hug and tell you how much I admire and respect you.
Dear Luis, today more than ever we need you alive, lucid and vigorous as you have always been, if you die you will do the dictatorship a favor, and they will remove a great obstacle to continue doing their atrocities.
We appreciate your courage and your convictions, but in this decisive moment for Cuba, your life, your word and your leadership are very necessary.
We beg you to give up your hunger and thirst strike.
Your LIFE is extremely valuable, and THE COUNTRY needs you greatly.