The United States has demanded that Cuba deal with Louis Manuel Otero Alcantara.

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source: thedailyguardian.net

The United States has demanded that Cuba deal with Louis Manuel Otero Alcantara. Amnesty International admitted the artist to the hospital with dignity and respect and declared him a prisoner of conscience.

The US embassy in Havana questioned that "a patient in a hospital does not have the right to visits or a telephone." He has been hospitalized without communication for almost three weeks.

On Friday, the United States expressed concern that the Cuban government had treated controversial artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara with "dignity and respect, admitting him to a hospital in Havana for almost three weeks without communication, while Amnesty The International declared him a prisoner of conscience.

"We respect @LMOAlcántara  and all Cubans with respect and dignity," the US Embassy in Havana said on Twitter. He added that Washington has expressed solidarity with the Cuban people and expressed concern that the government treats them with dignity and respect.

He asked how it was possible that a patient in a hospital did not have the right to visit or pick up the telephone.

The Cuban regime accuses Otero Alcántara, 33, to manipulate the political situation and be financed and managed by the US think tank, the National Democratic Institute.

A member of the oppositional Movimiento San Isidro (MSI), a group of opposition university artists, Otero Alcántara, was transferred on May 2 to a hospital in Havana on the eighth day of having declared a hunger strike.

With that protest, he demanded the return of works of which he was stripped by security agents and demanded the cessation of police harassment against him and artistic freedom.

Last November, members, and supporters of the MSI had barricaded themselves in Otero Alcántara's house in San Isidro, leading to a demonstration of 300 artists and intellectuals to demand freedom of expression, something unprecedented on the island.

By declaring Otero Alcántara a "prisoner of conscience" for the third time this Friday, Amnesty International urged "President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and other Cuban authorities to release him," in a statement published on the organization's website on the Internet.

The dissident artist" has been deprived of his freedom solely for expressing himself peacefully and must be released immediately and unconditionally," said AI director for the Americas Erika Guevara.

Since he was taken to the hospital, the NGO denounced that the artist is "under the supervision or control of state security officials and with very restricted visits from his immediate family ." Also," he does not seem to have access to his phone or the outside world," he added.

Amnesty had already summoned Otero's supporters on Thursday to write a letter to Díaz-Canel asking for his release.

Other activists and relatives of Otero Alcántara confirmed that he does not have access to a telephone. Only some close relatives can visit him at the Calixto García hospital, where patrols of the Castro police have been guarding the entrance for several days.

"He is practically in a state of kidnapping because he has no communication with the outside like any other person admitted to a hospital," declared the independent journalist Iliana Hernández, who claims to have been under house arrest for a month for her activism against the regime.

Dancer Chabelly Díaz, one of the closest people to Otro Alcantara, admitted the problem: his family says he's fine, but I went to the hospital, and he wouldn't let me go. I think they hide something very well. They won't let me or me see.

Other people who came to see the dissident, on the other hand, were arrested by the police or fined at the door of the hospital, according to the activists.