Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cuban artist initiates hunger strike after 8 months jailed without a trial


"El Sexto" jailed for 8 months without trial and now on hunger strike

Cuban performance artist, Danilo Maldonado "El Sexto", has been arbitrarily detained since December 25, 2014 for attempting to carry out a performance art piece.  Two weeks ago he had been told that he would be released on August 24, 2015. The day came and went and on the eighth month of his detention without trial "El Sexto" initiated a hunger strike at Valle Grande prison in Havana.

He is not the only young artist imprisoned in Cuba. Others have been jailed for what can only be called an Orwellian thought crime.

The rapper Maikel Oksobo "El Dkano" was sentenced on January 28, 2015 to a year in prison for "pre-criminal social dangerousness" and is currently serving out this unjust sentence.

The human rights situation in Cuba continues to deteriorate and there is a correlation with the new Cuba policy that through its actions send a clear message to the dictatorship that trade not human rights is the new priority. 674 detentions were documented in the month of July 2015 alone. On August 21, 2015 two young activists, Jordys Manuel Dosil Fong (age 30) and Reinier Rodriguez Mendoza (age37) were subjected to a political show trial in Cuba and sentenced to prison for "pre-criminal social dangerousness." Jordys Manuel was sentenced to three years in prison and Renier was sentenced to two years in prison.

Other artists and musicians organized a concert last week demanding freedom for "El Sexto" with friends and family of the imprisoned artist. Below is a video clip.

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