MIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1374 times:
HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Cuban police have arrested dissident musician Gorki Aguila on a charge of "dangerousness," fellow band members said Tuesday.
Hebert Dominguez, the bass player in Aguila's punk rock band, Porno para Ricardo, said police detained Aguila at his home at 10 a.m. Monday.
Aguila, the lead singer, was arrested as he was about to record the final songs of the band's next record, according to a statement on the band's Web site.
"This new episode of harassment and persecution is occurring just as Porno para Ricardo is in the middle of recording its new record, which eliminates any possibility that this repressive escalation could be described as a 'coincidence,' " the statement said. "In Cuba, the voice of the brave is silenced by the regime, which doesn't hesitate to use intimidation and force."
An official at the state-run press office said Cuba had no comment on the arrest.
Aguila, 39, is an outspoken critic of Cuba's government. "Communism is a failure," he said in a 2007 interview with CNN. "A total failure. Please. Leftists of the world -- improve your capitalism."
Dominguez said authorities said Aguila's trial will take place Thursday. Police told the group's guitarist, Ciro Diaz, that Aguila faced a possible sentence of one to four years in jail
KFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3296 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1340 times:
"Cuba uses the charge of 'dangerousness' to prosecute those whom authorities believe are likely to commit crimes. Under Cuba's penal code, habitual drunkenness and anti-social behavior are signs of a "state of dangerousness."
You play with fire, you're gonna get burned...
"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
The reason Gorki Aguila is arrested for "dangerousness" is because the authorities don't want to make it look like he's been arrested for lack of freedom of expression. Now there are international / independent reporters on the island and this story would blow up in the government's face, so they make this bogus charge up.
In Cuba Castro has wanted to make it look like musicians and artists have freedom of creation, allowing some underground music scene (as long as you don't have the balls to criticize the regime). As a side note, for a time during the 1960s - 70's Fidel Castro banned rock music in the island.
Props to this dude for having the balls to criticize the regime.
MIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1263 times:
The band asks that everyone please send an email to the following address to FREE GORKI who faces a possible 2-4 year jail time. This guy has been a pioneer in getting other young people united in questioning the Cuban regime. As most of you probably know, everyone there lives in fear of speaking out against the dictatorship