Song about poet arrested

In scene 20b we address the issue of freedom of speech beginning to be affected. This did not get as bad in Cuba as it did in other dictatorships, and today there is little sign of people being afraid to speak their views openly. However, with the US constantly trying to overthrow the revolution, Fidel Castro was  keen that artists write work that helped to keep up morale rather than work that undermined the revolutionary goals. This scene shows both that artists did get into trouble if they went too far in criticising the revolutionary government. But it also shows that the penalties were moderate, and not to be confused with genuinely oppressive regimes such as Stalinist Russia. This is a true account of what happened and the scene could be made into a song building on the dialogue provided. Or perhaps just Padilla’s confession could be made into a song – feel free to be creative.