Cuba’s brutal socialist regime signed into-law this week a severe crackdown on the country’s artistic and music community; imposing stiff guidelines and state approval for everything from “art galleries” to “music festivals.”
The law -titled Decree 349- was officially introduced by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel after facing stiff opposition from artists and political activists across the country. The new rules severely limit visual artists, hip-hop musicians, public performances, and more.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the decree prohibits the sale, distribution, and display of artwork not expressly “approved by the state.”
“The decree aims for absolute control, you can’t exhibit your work anywhere without prior authorization,” said one artist.
“The purpose of the decree is to regulate a new world: private businesses, art galleries, people working from their homes,” added another.
Read the full report at the Wall Street Journal.