Remón, also known as "El Critico," was arrested after police agents in his hometown of Bayamo beat him and four relatives and attack them with tear gas. Just days before, the musician had been detained as well. When he returned to his home, Remon painted anti-government messages on the walls of his house, which provoked further repression.
Reports say he could be sentenced to 8 years in prison on a charge of "resisting."
Martinoticias.com reported this week that police, including K9 units, have increased their presence around the courthouse in Bayamo, where El Critico could stand trial.
People In Need, a Czech-based human rights group active on Cuba-related issues, this week issued a renewed call for worldwide attention on what is happen to El Critico:
The striking case of Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga, a young Cuban rapper from Bayamo who is more commonly known by the stage name El Critico del Arte, has been made public through the Twitter campaign #FreeElCritico and a petition in his name on change.org. He has been illegally imprisoned and is still waiting for a date to be set for a proper trial. Rumor has it that El Critico del Arte will be given an eight year sentence for resisting arrest.
This member of the group Los Hijos Que Nadie Quiso has freely expressed his discontent with the current regime in Cuba through his lyrics: “Yo no inventé lo de los actos de repudio/ yo no hundí el remolcador 13 de marzo/ yo no fui el que asesinó a Boitel/ yo no soy el culpable del Mariel/yo no reprimo al que piense diferente/ yo no tranqué a 75 inocentes/ mira cuantos delitos en la gaveta tú has guarda’o/ este sí es mi delito/ hablar de lo que tú no has habla’o” which means: “ l did not invent the acts of repudiation / I did not sink the tug on March 13th / I was not the one who killed Boitel / I am not guilty for Mariel / I do not repress those who think differently / I did not lock up 75 innocent people / Look how many offenses you have kept hidden under lock and key/ Yes this is my crime /To talk about what you have not”.
He has paid dearly for exercising freedom of speech. Angel was violently arrested in March 2013 following the “antirevolutionary” speech he was holding in front of his house in Bayamo. He was beaten repeatedly, denied family visits, and was not given medical treatment. Just six months after being jailed he contracted cholera. His wife has also been subject to aggressive actions and was detained by the State Police, when she participated in a march of The Ladies in White – which take place every Sunday – to protest against his unfair detention and to denounce the political motivation behind it. He has already held both hunger and thirst strikes three times and has had to be hospitalized as a result.
His situation has been made more difficult by the isolated nature of the region where he lives, where media access is limited and the visibility of such cases is lower, which typically allows the State National Security forces to act with a higher degree of impunity. Despite public support from politicians and artists, El Critico remains imprisoned more than one year after his detention.
Supporters worldwide are organizing a worldwide protest, via social media, on El Critico's behalf.
At 9 a.m. EDT Friday, take to your Twitter or other social media accounts and demand -- with the hashtag #FreeElCritico -- the Castro regime immediately end this injustice and release El Critico from jail. The demands may fall on deaf ears in Havana, but they will demonstrate to El Critico and his family -- and the dictatorship -- that he is not alone, that the whole world is watching.
In the continuing fight for justice and freedom in Cuba, that is vital.