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    MEMBERS OF CUBAN BAND PORNO PARA RICARDO DETAINED UPON RETURN TO CUBA

    MEMBERS OF CUBAN BAND PORNO PARA RICARDO DETAINED UPON RETURN TO CUBA
    BY ALEXANDRA MARTINEZFRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016 | 20 HOURS AGO

    Gorky Aguila and Lia Villares, members of Cuban rock band Porno Para
    Ricardo, were detained Wednesday afternoon for 24 hours upon returning
    to Cuba’s Jose Marti Airport. The activists were coming back from Miami,
    where they performed shows at Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center.

    “When they got there, they were stopped, checked, and held in a waiting
    area without being able to talk to anyone,” says Danilo Maldonado
    Machado, an artist known as “El Sexto” and a good friend of the band.

    Maldonado immediately took to Facebook and filmed an hourlong live video
    of his reaction to the news.

    “If anyone knows of where Lia Villares is, let us know,” he says, wiping
    away tears. “My brothers, if we live through this, let’s get rid of
    these dogs in power. Free Lia Villares.”

    Aguila and Villares have since been released, according to Maldonado.

    Lia and Gorky’s music is known for criticizing and satirizing the Castro
    regime without holding anything back. Gorky, the frontman of the group,
    was arrested in 2008 in Cuba for “social dangerousness.” At the time,
    Cuba was in the throes of its “Cuban 5” campaign, hailing five Cuban
    spies who infiltrated America as heroes, demanding their immediate
    release. On the island, Gorky’s ironic arrest garnered national
    attention including a New York Times story. He was eventually found
    guilty of the lesser charge of “disobedience” and fined $600 pesos,
    about six weeks’ salary. But that hasn’t stopped the band from speaking
    its mind. Porno Para Ricardo’s 2013 song “El Comandante” directly
    chastises the Castros, telling them not to “eat so much dick.”

    Just last month, the group performed at Maldonado’s opening night at
    Miami Beach’s Market Gallery to a packed crowd. The exhibit showcased
    work Maldonado produced while imprisoned in Cuba’s Valle Grande for ten
    months. Porno Para Ricardo supported Maldonado’s liberation campaign
    with a song and music video, “Libertad Para Danilo.” They performed the
    song at the exhibit.

    “Danilo’s ten months in jail strengthened him. The experience has left
    him with the courage and force to keep doing his art,” said Lia at the
    opening. “This is an important moment for us.”

    Maldonado is now in Guatemala, where he is completing a large-scale
    mural for Universidad Francisco Marroquín. His exhibit at Market Gallery
    will remain open until March 19.

    This news comes at a critical moment for U.S.-Cuban relations. President
    Obama’s visit to the island has been delayed for a month, and
    negotiations are still being made to avoid dissonance between the two
    countries.

    We’ll update the story as more information becomes available.

    Source: Members of Cuban Band Porno Para Ricardo Detained Upon Return to
    Cuba | Miami New Times –
    www.miaminewtimes.com/music/members-of-cuban-band-porno-para-ricardo-detained-upon-return-to-cuba-8312460

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