09/17/13 - GlobalPost - Cuba's Silvio Rodriguez criticizes gov't "repression" of musician
Havana, Sep 17 (EFE).- Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez on Tuesday
condemned the "act of repression" by the communist island's cultural
authorities against a fellow musician punished after he made remarks
critical of the government at an official concert in Havana last week.
"Regrettably, following the gaffe of my comrade came another on the part
of the institution that regulates the work of music professionals in
Cuba," Rodriguez said Tuesday in his blog.
Robertico Carcasses, a 41-year-old pianist and leader of the popular band
Interactivo, performed last Thursday at a huge concert in Havana broadcast
live on national television and stated onstage that he was in favor of
free access to information and the election of the president by direct
Carcasses confirmed on Monday that the Culture Ministry was sanctioning
him "for an indefinite time" because of his comments during the concert
organized to call for the release of four Cuban intelligence agents
imprisoned in the United States.
"In repudiation of practices of this kind at other times, in rejection of
the idea that they be reinstated, I made the decision to invite the
sanctioned musician to my next concerts because one mistake should not
lead to another," Rodriguez announced on Tuesday.
"But above all because it seems horrible to me that the cause of The Five
(the fifth of the agents jailed in the United States has already returned
to Cuba) can be used as a pretext for an act of repression," added the
artist, who is considered to be one of the island's most influential
Rodriguez said he will include Carcasses as a performer in the two public
concerts he will offer this weekend in Havana.
"When a public person expresses himself controversially, public opinion
should praise him," Rodriguez said.
"I think that Robertico committed a big gaffe by choosing the event for
the release of The Five to launch his list of demands. I would have
preferred if he had done it at another concert, on an album, in another
forum," he said.
Rodriguez went on to say that as a Cuban citizen Carcasses "has the right
to express what he thinks in his country," but he said it was a
"regrettable error" for him to do so at the event staged to call for the
release of the Cuban agents "who have sacrificed their lives for the
security of the people."
Considered heroes in Cuba, the five agents were arrested in 1998 and
convicted of espionage in 2001, receiving sentenced ranging from 15 years
to life in prison.
While one was paroled and ultimately allowed to return to Cuba, the other
four spies remain in prison.
The Cuban Five insisted they were spying on Miami's Cuban exile community,
not the U.S. government.
Cuba says the men were sent to Florida in the wake of several terror
bombings in Havana allegedly masterminded by anti-Castro militant Luis
Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative.
Copyright EFE, 2013.
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