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Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Eats But Rejects Food from Police

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Eats But Rejects Food from Police / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 2 December 2016 — Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El
Sexto’ (The Sixth), began to eat the food, his mother, Maria Victoria
Machado, told this newspaper. A week after his arrest for painting
graffiti on a central Havana street corner and posting a video on his
Facebook profile, the artist is still waiting to be released or
presented with charges.

Machado explained that she was able to see her son today, and bring him
some food at the Zapata and C Police Station in Vedado, where Maldonado
is being detained.

The prosecution has not acted to date, although it is expected that El
Sexto will be released on Sunday, according to his mother.

“He has refused to eat the food they give him in the station,” Machado
said. On Tuesday, relatives of the artist reported that he had been
severely beaten and was holding firm against what he considers an injustice.

“Mamá, I have had a lot of aché (luck/blessing) to be a Cuban artist the
day that bloody tyrant died and to be able to express myself. I’ll get
out of here,” Machado said her son told her, from the detention center
in Guanabacoa, a township east of the Cuban capital.

“When I asked the official what my son’s sentence would be for this
crime, he told me just a fine, but then he started to talk about
‘historic conditions’ the country is going through and right there I
told him that for me the state property demagoguery wouldn’t work,” she

According to his mother, Maldonado has been beaten on several occasions
since his arrest. “He told me himself. In Guanabacoa two officers beat
him up,” she explained.

Alexandra Martinez, Maldonado’s girlfriend who lives in Miami, said that
El Sexto’s detention “shows the cruelty of the Castro regime that
continues to violate its people.

“The regime must release Danilo immediately. His life, his health and
his safety are in play and we need him,” she said.

Source: Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Eats But Rejects Food from Police /
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