Tuesday, January 03, 2017

FREE El Sexto!

"Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as El Sexto (The Sixth), born April 1, 1983,[1] is a Cuban graffiti artist and human rights activist who has been arrested and imprisoned several times by the Castro regime. His graffiti are a form of protest, criticizing the abuse of the Cuban people at the hands of the Castro regime,[2] and he is “frequently detained by the police under any pretext.”[3] He has been called “a graffiti artist who does not forgive the Cuban regime.”[2] A report in April 2015 stated that he was, at that time, “the most persecuted of Cuban artists.”[4]

Cuban writer and artist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo has praised Maldonado as “a free artist widely hated for his courage and his genius.”[3] Cuban dissident Rosa María Payá has said that although born under totalitarianism, Maldonado has somehow managed to be a free spirit and “the Cuban regime does not forgive that.”[2]"

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