According to a Fox News article dated August 13, 2015, Cuban musician, Gorki Aguila has been twice incarcerated during the past year and continues to be experiencing ongoing harassment by Cuban Government officials. This article that I found at Fox News is more than worth the brief time required to read it; however, be warned that it is definitely unforgettable.
The article concerns Gorki Aguila, more formally known as Gorki Luis Aguila Corrasco. This musician and human rights activist, whose mother and sister are current residents of Mexico, is the lead singer associated with the Porno para Ricardo band.
Consequences following his latest arrest a few weeks ago include passport departure request denial. During a recent interview, Aguila told a Billboard person that the only way for him to leave the country is via “they pick you up in a motor boat.” Although details are sketchy, to say the least, it appears this latest arrest stems from Aguila’s support of Ladies In White (Las Damas de Blanco), a group condemned by Fidel Castro in 2003.
Aguila’s May arrest was spawned by his being incited for waging a human rights campaign associated with the situation surrounding graffiti artist, Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado Machado. In the wake of these arrests, Human Rights Foundation President, Thor Halvorssen stated that Cuban artists have been harassed for 56 years and counting.
They also recently criticized Lionel Messi (as told by Bleacher Report) in the wake of a visit to Gabon, a country led by what many be a tyrannical dicatator.
It should be noted that the Human Rights Foundation in Cuba was organized in 2004 with the mission to advocate for the birthing of a free and democratic Cuba where social rights and justice for all Cubans will prevail.
In 2007, Aguila was the subject of a Cuban Government documentary film entitled “Cuba RebelioN” produced by Alessio Cuomo and Sander de Nooij depicting the trials and tribulations faced by underground rock musicians.
Research indicates that in 2007, Aguila told a CNN interviewer that “Communism is a failure. A total failure. Please. Leftists of the world—improve your capitalism.”
Rumor has it that Gorki Aguila’s latest pursuit is to organize a musical concert whose idea was the brainchild of graffiti artist, Danilo Machado. Among the many titles suggested by entertainment professionals around the world, who are free to express their opinions, could possibly be “Down With Raul and Fidel.”