That's EXACTLY what would happen here if our so-called "fascist" government were to treat the ALA free-speechers the same way dissent is treated in Cuba. Here, from the very latest Amnesty International report, release today. Most of the ALA Council members committ these crimes on a weekly basis.
"Political dissidents and critics are often sentenced for a crime known as â€œsocial dangerousnessâ€?. This is a pre-emptive measure that is defined as the â€œproclivity to commit a crimeâ€? and targets any behaviour contrary to the â€œsocialist moraleâ€? like â€œdrunkennessâ€?, â€œdrug addictionâ€? and â€œanti-social behaviourâ€? but it is applied to political dissidents, independent journalists and critics. People tried for â€œdangerousnessâ€? are sentenced for up to 4 years of prison while the law provides for â€œtherapeutic treatmentâ€?, â€œre-educationâ€? or â€œsurveillance by the Revolutionary National Police.â€?
Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a bricklayer and plumber, was arrested on 20 March 2003 whilst taking part in a hunger strike at the FundaciÃ³n JesÃºs YÃ¡nez Pelletier in Havana to demand the release of Oscar Biscet and other political prisoners.
He was sentenced to three years' imprisonment in 2003 on charges of showing â€œcontempt to the figure of Fidel Castroâ€?, â€œpublic disorderâ€? and resistanceâ€?. In November 2005 he was sentenced to an additional 15 years for â€œcontemptâ€? and â€œresistanceâ€? in prison. In May 2006, he was again tried on the same charges and sentenced to an additional seven-year term. He is now serving a prison sentence of 25 years and six months.