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Mario Diaz Balart joins the #FreeElCritico fight


U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is lending his voice to the online campaign to free jailed Cuban rapper, Ángel Yunier Remón, the subject of a Twitter campaign that bears the hashtag #FreeElCritico.

Earlier this year, Diaz-Balart and other exile leaders criticized U.S. rapper Jay Z and his wife, Beyonce, for visiting Cuba, being tools of the Castro regime and not meeting with dissidents.

Here's the press release and more:

WASHINGTON D.C. –Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement urging the release of Cuban rapper and pro-democracy activist Angel Yunier Remón Arzuaga:

"Cuban pro-freedom rapper Angel Yunier Remón Arzuaga, known as ‘el Critico del Arte,’ or 'the Art Critic,' and an active member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, remains in prison after his brutal arrest on March 21, 2013 for expressing his opposition to the Castro dictatorship. Angel is gravely ill after undergoing a hunger strike in a Bayamo prison to protest his unjust punishment. I urge the Obama Administration and the international community to demand the immediate release of this courageous pro-democracy activist so that he may return to his wife Yudisbel Roseyo, infant child, and mother Bárbara Arzuaga."

More here from Marc Masferrer's blog

El Critico's situation is another indication that rap in Cuba is a lot like rap in the United States used to be (or still is in the case of Immortal Technique et al, or never was in the case of Jay Z). Check out Tribu Mokoya, a group that questions the promises of the revolution: Habla de revolución sin prostitución (talk of revolution without prostitution)