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    Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga

    Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga #FreeElCritico / Angel
    Santiesteban
    Posted on November 6, 2013

    Ángel Yunier Remon Arzuaga ’El Critico.’ Jailed since March 2013 for
    being a non-conformist rapper and an opponent of the Cuban dictatorship.
    In July he contracted cholera in prison.

    Jailed since March 2013 for being a non-conformist rapper and an
    opponent of the Cuban dictatorship. In July he contracted cholera in prison.

    The chain of suffering continues for Cuban opponents. Now adding to the
    injustice committed, among many of the dictatorship, against the artist
    and human rights advocate Ángel Remon Yunier Arzuaga, who was
    hospitalized in intensive care and reported to be in critical condition
    having gone on hunger strike.

    He has been imprisoned since 26 March of this year, after the fascist
    hordes who obey the totalitarian regime of the Castro brothers,
    undertook in an act of repudiation in front of his house. In addition to
    being a victim of government provocation, as a great irony of the
    dictatorship and that we can never get used to, he was accused of
    “attacking,” and so the prosecution requested eight years of imprisonment.

    Since his arrival in prison, he has suffered the hostility of his
    repressors, those who dealt out to him multiple beatings, and he was
    infected with cholera.

    It’s no secret that Ángel Yunier Remón Arzuaga’s crime, like that of all
    of us opponents who are in prison, is to confront the system, which for
    a long time, if it ever was, stopped being communist or left leaning
    politically, and only responds to the desire for power of Fidel and Raul
    Castro in their State without rights.

    Yunier Angel belongs to the duo “The Children Nobody Wanted” — to my
    honor* — and if that wasn’t enough, with the suggestive name of “The
    Critic,” together with Yudier Blanco Pacheco. The lyrics of their songs
    are hymns among youth, making an impression with immediacy and
    profundity on Cuban youth who then learn and repeat the verses. Through
    their voices they feel that they also reclaim that which belongs to them
    by right: freedom.

    His real and unforgivable offense, in the eyes of the political police,
    is to think differently, and expose this through his art. State Security
    sought to stop his rise in the Cuban culture.

    Taking from experience the awesome rise of Los Aldeanos (The Villagers)
    and the phenomenon it immediately caused among the youth. Guided by a
    sense of support towards this young artist, I am obliged to announce
    that if the worst is to happen to this activist for the rights and
    freedom, from the place where I am detained, I will start an indefinite
    hunger strike.

    May God be with Remon Yunier Angel Arzuaga, may He protect him in the
    name of his baby of nine months, his wife, and all the Cubans with shame
    and good feelings that accompany him in prayer.

    The dictatorship is responsible for his life. The die is cast.

    Ángel Santiestebn-Prats

    Lawton Prison settlement. November 2013.

    *Translator’s note: “The Children Nobody Wanted” is the title of a book
    by Angel and also the title of his blog.

    Translated by: Shane J. Cassidy

    6 November 2013

    Source: “Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga
    #FreeElCritico / Angel Santiesteban | Translating Cuba” –
    http://translatingcuba.com/justice-and-prayers-for-angel-yunier-remon-arzuga-freeelcritico-angel-santiesteban/

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