Punishment on Cuban Musician Lifted

says Silvio Rodriguez on his blog Segundo Cita

By Circles Robinson

Silvio Rodriguez.  Photo/archive: cubadebate.cu
Silvio Rodriguez. Photo/archive: cubadebate.cu

HAVANA TIMES — Cuban trova icon Silvio Rodriguez published a short news item this afternoon announcing that the banning of musician Roberto Carcasses from Cuban stages has been lifted.

The news comes just over 24 hours since Carcasses informed that a government official had told him he wouldn’t be welcome anymore at any cultural venue in the country.

Silvio had posted a blog entry calling Carcasses “tactless” for choosing an event last Thursday for the Cuban Five to make his demands for greater citizen rights. However, he also criticized the authorities for punishing him for exercising his right to offer an opinion.

He called it “hideous” that the authorities could use the cause of the Cuban Five as a pretext for an act of repression.

The news item appearing on Silvio Rodriguez’s blog Segundo Cita states that “authorities of the Ministry of Culture met [again] today with Robertico Carcasses and the talks were so positive that they decided to lift the punishment.”

There has been no mention in the Cuban media of the incident from the beginning, neither reporting what Carcasses said on national TV or the sanction handed out in reprisal.

See this related post: Roberto Carcasses Responds to Banning from Cuban Stages


One thought on “Punishment on Cuban Musician Lifted

  • September 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm
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    The reversal of Carcasses sanction is in and of itself no surprise. The Castros constantly make stupid decisions and then long after the error of their ways has been made obvious to them, they backtrack. What is of note here is that the regime reversed itself in less than 48 hours.This “enlightenment” can only be due to the ass-kicking they received in the internet through blogs such as this one and in social media all over the world. There is hope yet that through peaceful means, Cuba will yet be free and the Castros don’t have to die before it takes place.

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