A Cuban punk rocker known for his raunchy lyrics criticizing Fidel Castro was convicted of public disorder Friday, but freed after a court dismissed a more serious "social dangerousness" charge that could have sent him to prison for four years.
Following a two-hour trial, the court ordered Gorki Aguila to pay 600 pesos (US$28) and released the 39-year-old singer.
"I am very proud of all the people who have supported me, and I feel even more hate for this tyranny," Aguilar told reporters upon his release.
... and we thought all protest bands of the punk and metal vein were left-wingers.
28 bucks may be a small deal here, but in Cuba, it's serious money. If that band can attract a big enough audience to get their protest message across, the Blogland will be glad to contribute some cash towards his legal defense fun. At $28 per Castro-spankin' performance, that's less than some of the concerts we've attended this year.
We found this video of the band, which kinda reminded us of the Black Flag classic "Bastard in Love". Take a look and tell us what you think: