|Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara spoke with Claudia Genlui Hidalgo|
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is one of the leaders of the San Isidro Movement, and his home in the San Isidro neighborhood is the headquarters of the above mentioned movement. Over the past four years, Amnesty International has on several occasions recognized Luis Manuel a prisoner of conscience. His most recent arbitrary detention began on July 11, 2021 and is ongoing. He turned 34 years old on December 2, 2021. Claudia Genlui Hidalgo is an artist in her own right, an art curator, and girlfriend to Luis Manuel.
The following text was taken from a Twitter thread from the San Isidro Movement posted today at 6:33pm, and translated here to English to reach a wider audience.
#ATENCIÓN| @CGenlui: "@LMOAlcantara acaba de llamar desde la prisión de máxima seguridad de Guanajay, donde se encuentra hace más de 6 meses. Posiblemente sea la última llamada que haga por el momento. Llamó para comunicar de manera breve pero firme, que está al límite.— Movimiento San Isidro (@Mov_sanisidro) January 18, 2022
#ATTENTION| Claudia Genlui Hidalgo: "Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara just called from the maximum security prison in Guanajay, where he has been for more than 6 months. It may be the last call he makes for a while. He called to briefly but firmly communicate that he is at his limit.That from today he rejects all the "rights" that a prisoner has because he shouldn't be one. His body is imprisoned due to an injustice, but his mind has always been free and he wants to keep it that way.From today, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara refuses of his own will to receive visits, food, calls. He is finished. He knows, like all of us, that being in prison is not a dignified option, that his freedom is being manipulated by State Security and that they are guarding him as currency of exchange. The path that Luis Manuel has followed is not for that, he will only leave #Cuba as a free citizen when he decides and with the availability to return when he wishes.That is a right.He was hoping that the last request to change the measure submitted would be approved. Luis, as he says: "He has not stolen bread from any Cuban child", quite the opposite. By denying this request, the regime demonstrates that its intention is to humiliate him, treat him like a criminal when he is not. I want it to be clear that Luis Manuel's life is at the limit. THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A SECOND CHANCE TO SAVE HIM, he himself has said ENOUGH.It was what I felt in his brief words, but above all in the tone of his voice and even in the dense silence that surrounded him. "Tell them I love them all," he told me.The Cuban government is slowly assassinating an artist who has only shown us light, who has constructed that hope to which we cling to today. Now more than ever he needs us, he trusts us."
Luis Manuel Otero lleva seis meses preso injustamente. Hoy ha dicho basta. Llamó para informar que ya no aceptará ni visitas, ni que le lleven alimentos, ni llamadas. Su cuerpo está preso pero no su mente. Su vida corre peligro y la culpa es del Estado Cubano. #FreeLuisma pic.twitter.com/W2dMC5gWsf— Anamely Ramos González (@AnamelyRamos) January 18, 2022