The United States has called on Cuba to take immediate action to save the life of Luis Alcántara

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source: reuters.com

The United States has called on Cuba to take immediate action to save the life of Luis Alcántara, a seven-day hunger strike worker.

Joe Biden's State Department expressed its "extreme concern" for the health of the musician, who is fasting to demand the return of his works of art confiscated by the regime forces.

The United States said on Saturday it was "extremely concerned" for the well-being of Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, who is on his seventh day of a hunger and thirst strike at his home, claiming against the dispossession of his works by agents of security.

The United States is deeply concerned about the well-being of Cuban activist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and has called on the Cuban government to take immediate action to protect his life and health. Twitter The Western Hemisphere of the State Department.

From the official Cuban media, meanwhile, the regime accused the San Isidro Movement (MSI), a rebellious group of artists and university students, of trying to politically manipulate the situation.

In addition, they affirmed that Otero receives instructions to go on a hunger strike from abroad and to be financed by the think tank National Democratic Institute, based in Washington.

For his part, Ramón Suárez Polcari, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Havana, said that in the afternoon, he was able to enter Otero's home and that he tried to make him think so that he would leave the strike, without success. "He was the one who opened the door, and we sat down to talk; he looked a bit exhausted; it is logical," he said, noting that they had a conversation for about an hour.

Amaury Pacheco, a member of the MSI, had said on Twitter that Otero could not stand up and that "his skin and mouth are cracked" that "he does not urinate and does not speak."

On Friday, Otero's followers tried to approach his home to verify his health, in the same neighborhood where the members and supporters of the MSI barricaded themselves months ago, in the event that led to a demonstration of 300 artists and intellectuals. On November 27, to ask for freedom of expression, something unprecedented on the island.

Among the jaloneos recorded, it can be seen that at times people shout the slogan of the popular protest video "Homeland and Life."

Several members of the MSI who had proposed to go out on Thursday to protest the situation in Otero Alcántara were detained, members of the movement denounced, who indicated that on Friday at least two were prevented from leaving their homes.

"Dozens of Cuban artists, journalists and activists detained, under surveillance or confined to their homes to silence their support for @LMOAlcantara, " the United States Office of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor said on Twitter, a message retweeted by its embassy in Havana.

"The United States stands with all those who defend freedom of expression and assembly in Cuba," he added.

On her side, María Arena, president of the European Parliament's subcommittee on Human Rights, condemned the events.