Today my friend, the graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, "El Sexto", marks 2 months behind bars in a provisional prison. - Sayli Navarro over twitter today
|Two months and counting behind bars for an attempt at performance art|
Activists in Cuba and in the international community is following his plight:
On February 4, 2015 Free Muse reported that "Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado (‘El Sexto’) remains imprisoned since Christmas Day 2014 and is currently in poor health, battling pneumonia in the Valle Grande Prison."
On January 28, 2015 the Dutch NGO Justice & Peace outlined the circumstances surrounding his arrest. Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto, bought two pigs for an art project and wrote on them "Fidel" and "Raul" and was on his way to a public park to release them when he was arrested on December 26, 2014 before his work could be performed. Still jailed El Sexto has been indicted for "disrespect" that carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
The Czech NGO, People in Need revealed that, "[i]n the beginning of this year, the Cuban authorities refused his application for habeas corpus submitted by Laritza Diversent, an attorney who denounced his arbitrary detention."
I'm trying to decipher this
enigma to decipher each symbol.
to examine minutely the code that opens the door
to the sensitivity of hard hearts
the riddle that dilutes
the spell of the ignorance of the soul
- Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto
Artist imprisoned in Cuba since December 26, 2014