The Cuban dictatorship has arrested, for the second time in 48 hours, the rapper Mikel Osorbo, who translated the song “Patria e Vida”.

The Cuban dictatorship has arrested, for the second time in 48 hours, the rapper Mikel Osorbo, who translated the song “Patria e Vida”.
Mikel Osorbu is one of the interpreters of the song “Patria y Vida”.

With complete success The song “Patria y Vida”, That angered the Castro regime, on Monday The Cuban dictatorship has once again arbitrarily arrested rapper Michael OsorboOne of the translators of the popular song, which has already reached millions of views.

Jose Miguel VivancoThe executive director of Human Rights Watch for the Americas condemned the arrest of the artist on his social media networks. “They have just arrested the rapper, Michael Osorbu, the translator for Patria y vida´. Arbitrary arrest for the second time within 48 hours.”And the Noticed on his Twitter account.

I add: “We demand their immediate release and an end to these systematic violations against opposition artists and journalists.”

The moment Mikel Osorbo was arrested

Eliana Hernandez, Cuban dissident and reporter for CiberCuba, described him as “a proponent of the success of Patria y Vida that the dictatorship so much wants to eliminate.”

From his journalist’s part Alberto Arrigo, From Diario de Cuba, Shared on social networks Video of the moment Osorbo was arrested. “Why? Why? Why is this? How long is this?”Screaming was heard as Cuban police arrested him in the middle of the street.

Police officers struggled with him to pull his phone so he could not broadcast the arrest live. Before he was put on the patrol, he shouted “Patria e Veda.”

The Ciber Cuba portal informs That rapper was under siege on Monday, March 8th, International Women’s Day as well Denounce other activists of the San Isidro movement. Among them stand out Amaury pachechoAnd the Adrian Rubio And Aniel Valdes. The operation started last night. “We currently have two repressors from the Ministry of State Security,” said Rubio, as he showed the women in a live video on Facebook.

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Cuban dictatorship increased the persecution and repression of independent artists (YAMIL LAGE / AFP)
Cuban dictatorship increased the persecution and repression of independent artists (YAMIL LAGE / AFP)

Osorbu was arrested Saturday evening in Havana while talking to a group of people in Parque Cristo. After two hours, he was released. Journalist Esteban Rodriguez, a member of the San Isidro Movement, reported through the “Maykel Osorbo 349” Facebook wall.

The non-governmental organization Prisoners Defenders denounced this The translator was “handcuffed and beaten” during his detention on Saturday: “They even tried to dress him up as a prisoner.”

The song “Home and Life”, which openly contradicts the island’s regime and policies, contradicts the Cuban revolutionary slogan “Home or Death.” He alludes to recent events such as the protest organized by the San Isidro movement last November, which ended with the evacuation and arrest of artists and activists being held on a hunger strike to protest the arrest of rebel rapper Denis Solis.

Home and life song

There are also references to the partial dollarization of the Cuban economy in the midst of the serious crisis that the country is going through, as the state has been trading in a large part of food and basic products in foreign currency for months, despite the fact that the majority of the population does not get paid. In this currency, he cannot obtain it through official channels.

Registered in Havana and Miami, The successful duo Gente de Zona, singer-songwriter Descemer Bueno and Yotuel Romero – from the Orishas group – intervene in the video from Florida, and rappers Maykel Osorbo and El Funky in Cuba.

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The influence of the song was so great that it elicited a response from Miguel Diaz-Canel himself, and reactions from almost the entire political class, newspapers and official newscasts on the island.

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