Professor Jose Luis Artiles Salinas is Released Under Investigation / Somos+

Professor Artiles with his colleagues

Somos+, 12 November 2016 — Professor Jose Luis Artiles Salinas, Coordinator of the Somos+ (We Are More) Movement in Santa Clara, has been released after 24 hours of detention. With the aim to frustrate his participation in an course on audiovisuals in Barcelona Spain, he was detained in order to make him miss his flight.

He was released with a letter of warning where it explicitly states he is under investigation.

This is not only an attack on Individual Human Rights, among which are the Right to Free Movement and the Right to Freely Access the Internet, but also violates Articles 58 and 59 of Chapter VII of the Cuban Constitution, which establishes the inviolability of the detainee, and that he or she can only be tried and condemned by a competent court.

They want to destroy the prestige and respectability of Artiles, because they fear him. They are afraid that more young people and professionals are joining the cause that the professor defends. They are trying to “create” a crime and charge him with it, to make it clear that they are “after him.”

Our support and solidarity, today more than ever, is with Jose Luis. Exposing and denouncing this enormous injustice is the duty of every good Cuban; it is a way to demand the restoration of Human Rights in the Republic of Cuba, which is obligatory on the current government, as a member state of the United Nations.