They took him because nothing destabilizes the intransigents more than a man in his most free state.  At the Fifth Police Station, 3rd and 62nd in Playa, where the criminals take turns and a toilet is a painful illusion, Gorki plucks the strings of his rebelliousness. He is a weird guy, everyone notices it, even more weird in a society where the model of the “New Man” is the coloring book version of the idiot in the classroom.

Gorki concentrates the attraction that his critics do not have; he sings, sways, and shouts in his bloody rock lyrics what others mutter with fear.  He has a room lined with egg cartons somebody gave him, because if we added up all the eggs he’s entitled to from the rationed market he would not have been able to wallpaper even a closet.  He is accused of a crime from the script of the film “Minority Report,” charged under the euphemism of “pre-delinquent dangerousness.”  Translated into the language of reality, it means they put you behind bars so you don’t commit the mischief that others see coming.

In the case of Gorki, the charge has been led by a delegate of the constituency with delusions of James Bond, a neighbor woman they “advised” to make the accusation, and by a community that avoids interceding for the “uncomfortable.”  On Thursday he will have his preliminary hearing and only some clothes and toiletries brought by his father have managed to make it to him where they have him “guarded.”  There is little chance of the defense lawyer convincing the strict prosecutor that Gorki’s long hair, his rock songs, and the noise of his guitar, are not more dangerous than the inertia, conformity and double standard in which everything is wrapped.

More details about the detention are here.


  1. I just read about this on Yahoo.com. I’m going to try and keep reading your blog, to practice my Spanish reading, and to hear more from you. I think that the result of Gorki’s trial (maybe too much money, but could’ve been worse), and your reporting of it, are an example of how the world is changing, information is spreading, communication is becoming clearer, and more open–and that people and countries are seeing themselves, and each other, in more progressive and responsible ways.

  2. Working together, vigilant, as a global community, we can improve human rights and bring peace and prosperity. His freedom is an indication that we need to keep shining the lights in every part of the world.

  3. >>>>Is Gorky realy free?….No, I don`t see so……Is he in a big prison Now? YES, the cubans are prisioners of a totalitary regimen/…. Cuban”s WILL be free, and soon……….In GOD we trust…Fabian Pacheco Casanova…

  4. In St. Paul and Minneapolis last night, local police/FBI/”homeland security” raided several homes and locations and rounded up people on charges that they might be intending to commit a crime ( people here to protest the Republican National Convention, primarily anti-war, anti-poverty groups).


    Or read any other links you can find. It’s all a matter of degrees.

  5. No hay dudas, el desgobierno de mi patria hoy asi como ayer (en crisis) tiene una muy marcada inclnacion por la represion, por no permitir que mi pueblo exprese su verdadero sentir


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