‘El Sexto’ Says Goodbye to Fidel Castro
‘El Sexto’ Says Goodbye to Fidel Castro / 14ymedio
14ymedio, Havana, 26 November 2016 — The artist and graffiti artist
Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), heard the news of
Fidel Castro’s death while he was on Havana’s Malecon. “People kept
doing what they were doing, talking, partying, when the police started
to show up,” he says, of those first hours after the news. The artist
irreverently took advantage of the situation to leave a brief message on
a wall: “Se fue” (He’s gone).
As the sun rose, the graffiti remained defiant and accurate in the eyes
of the silent passers-by. “The exterior dictator has died, but the
interior dictator still remains inside many Cubans,” Maldonado said in a
telephone conversation with 14ymedio.
El Sexto’s graffiti is the first demonstration outside the expressions
of mourning organized by officialdom. Calm, caution and silence have
spread as more Cubans have heard about the death of the former president.
Source: ‘El Sexto’ Says Goodbye to Fidel Castro / 14ymedio – Translating