Cuba: Forbids punk-rock band from touring in Europe

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Cuba:
Forbids punk-rock band from touring in Europe

Authorities in Cuba forbids three members of Porno Para Ricardo from performing at the United Islands music festival in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, on 25 June 2011

It would have been their first concert performance in Europe. But although the Czech organisers as well as the Cuban artists had met all the requirements for issuance of exit permits, the Cuban authorities refused to issue the travel documents to the band. However, Gorki Águila Carrasco, the frontman and band leader, who lives in Mexico, will be coming to perform with Czech freelance musicians instead of his band.

The organisers of the United Islands music festival had planned the European premiere of Porno Para Ricardo from Cuba as one of the major concerts at the festival. They sent a letter to the President of Cuba, Raúl Castro, to ask him to issue exit permits to the band members.

“This is the traditional revenge and part of the oppression towards those who have declared their disapproval of the political regime. The establishment uses the exit permit as a tool for prevention of civil misdemeanor in Cuba,” Gorki Águila Carrasco, the band leader, was quoted as saying.

Three years ago, Cuban authorities arrested Gorki Águila while recording a new album with Porno Para Ricardo, and a court fined him for breaching the public peace.



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United Islands, Prague – 5 June 2011:

‘Cuba forbids three members of Porno Para Ricardo from performing at United Islands’

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