Getting drunk can get you into trouble. But, in free nations stating facts that amount to an embarassment to the government will not land you in prsion. This is not true in Cuba.
He could have been an alcoholic lying on a street corner sleeping off his inebriation, like so many others in this city, but he also wanted to act. He jumped in front of a camera and cried for food which, along with yearning for change, has become the national obsession. His spontaneity, and the emphasis he gave to asking for “grub” has turned the brief video of Juan Carlos, alias Pánfilo or Dimwitted, into a “superhit” on the alternative information networks.
In a society marked by punishments against those who express their opinions, neither fools nor children say what they think, only drunkards. Thus, I wasn’t surprised at the news that they found Pánfilo to be a criminal and charged him with “pre-criminal dangerousness” for which he was given two years in prison.
Pre-criminal dangerousness? What kind of Orwellian law is that? Didn't they make a movie about that where they arrest people before they even commit the crime? In Cuba, they like to make laws that are so vague that authorities can nail any Cuban the minute they do or say anything the regime does not like. Another one goes along the lines of “activities that endanger the Revolution. You get the idea.