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All You Punks in Your Che T-Shirts …

… should have a look at what your heroes do when they have the opportunity:

HAVANA (AP) – Cuba has ordered jailed punk rocker Gorki Aguila, an outspoken critic of Fidel Castro and the communist government, to stand trial on Friday for “social dangerousness,” a charge that could carry up to four years in prison.
Authorities arrested the 39-year-old lead singer of Porno para Ricardo at his Havana home on Monday, shortly after the band had completed work on a new album. Cuban law defines “social dangerousness” as behavior contrary to “communist morality,” and police use it to detain offenders before they have a chance to commit a crime.
Performing songs with angry lyrics that poke fun at or openly insult Fidel Castro and his brother Raul, who became Cuba’s president in February, Porno para Ricardo is banned from official Cuban airwaves.

Newspapers, television, books, movies — even punk rock: all under the control of the almighty state. This musician has been arrested for what is known as “peligrosidad” — “social dangerousness,” which exists prior to and independent of the commission of a crime. Which is to say that Aguila hasn’t been arrested for doing something wrong, but for being the sort of person who might.
Writes Freemuse:

This time around, it is expected he will be placed before a judge and tried under the Cuban penal code on 29 August 2008. Since his arrest he has been kept incommunicado, detained at the police station Quinta Unidad [Fifth Unit] of the PNR [National Revolutionary Police]. During the first two days of his arrest, his father, Luis Águila, was reported to have taken numerous trips to the police station without being allowed to see him.

American Thinker has thoughts here.


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