Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara continues with vision problems in Guanajay prison

Cuban independent artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara continues to have vision problems in the maximum security prison in Guanajay, where he has been held since the demonstrations on July 11, 2021.

A post on his Twitter account indicates that the activist received a visit from his family in prison on Friday, and found that the detainee “still has vision problems.”

Also, that “he remains without permission to make phone calls supposedly until next week.”

Their relatives also denounced that the prison authorities violate their rights by not allowing him “to take out of prison neither a drawing nor a letter”.

The artist was brought to trial along with the protesting musician Maykel “Osorbo” Castillo on May 30 and was concluded for sentencing a day later in the Municipal Court of Marianao, in Havana, under a strong military operation.

Police and State Security agents only allowed the entry of some of the relatives of the two prisoners, the most visible faces of activism in Cuba in recent years.

Access to the foreign press, independent media reporters, NGOs, and diplomats from six European countries who came to the Court to witness the process was not authorized.

Otero Alcántara and Osorbo face prosecutor requests for seven and 10 years of imprisonment, respectively. The first is accused of crimes such as outrage against national symbols, aggravated contempt and public disorder, while the second is accused of assault, public disorder and escape of prisoners or detainees.

After a strike carried out in Otero Alcántara prison has reported problems in one eye and the consequent loss of vision, without the Cuban authorities having carried out an exhaustive ophthalmological examination of the detainee.

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