Thursday, August 28, 2008

In Havana

As you may have read elsewhere, Cuban police have arrested Gorki Aguila, the lead singer of Porno Para Ricardo, a Havana punk rock band that has been a critic of the Castro regime for the past couple of years or so.

Aguila has been charged with "dangerousness", which carries a sentence of up to four years in prison, and is expected to go to trial either today or tomorrow.

The charge of “dangerousness” is one of the great Orwellian achievements of "the Revolution" - a catch-all, trumped up charge designed to silence any form of social or political dissent on the island.

Ingeniously, you don't have to actually commit a crime to be charged with "dangerousness", but merely be suspected by the regime of being likely to commit a crime at some stage in the future. Nifty, no?

You can read more about the arrest here, and then pop by our friends at Penultimos Dias for the latest (in Spanish).


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