In 2008 international pressure and media attention,”converted” the four-year sentence Gorki was facing for the same “crime” — “pre-criminal dangerousness” — to a $40 fine.
The regime hopes we are looking away this time. The only protection this musician has is your solidarity.
Hello, my name is Gorki Águila I’m the leader of the band Porno para Ricardo, I’m an artist and I’m a musician. And I’m here to denounce this new crime that the government of the Castros would like to do to me.
I’m an opponent to this unjust regime. Now the new thing that they want to do with me is a summary trial. Something that is a tremendous injustice. I don’t know if you know this but summary trials have always been held in totalitarian governments. They are characterized, among other things, by not giving access to the defense to the case files of the prosecution.
This means that the defense will not be able to prepare itself correctly and that they will be able to do with you whatever they want.
This is why I am appealing to solidarity from all of you so that you will help us once more with this new crime by the Cuban government, before this new injustice, to unite and make this visible in the media.
To denounce it and to use it to support also other persons, who like me, are engaged in resistance to this regime.
I’m very grateful for the support. And I’m an optimistic guy and I believe that we will succeed if we join together before this situation.
More from Gorki on Translating Cuba is here.