Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cuban punk rocker to stand trial Friday for 'social dangerousness'

Cuba: The socialist paradise strikes again.

Cuba has ordered jailed punk rocker Gorki Aguila, an outspoken critic of Fidel Castro and the communist government, to stand trail 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 the band Porno para Ricardo at his Havana home on Monday as he was working on a new album.

Cuban law defines "social dangerousness" as behaviour contrary to "communist morality."

Critics say authorities use the charge to detain offenders before they have a chance to commit a crime.

The group is known for 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 was banned from official Cuban airwaves, but has continued to hold concerts behind closed doors.

The government often applies the charge of "social dangerousness" in cases of public drunkenness or as a way to keep large groups of unemployed Cubans - or those simply skipping work - from congregating on city streets during business hours.

It is also applied to cases of drug addiction and "anti-social behaviour."

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