Cuban artist "El Sexto" released after 10 months in prison

Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado jailed for attempting to release two pigs painted with names of country's current president, former leader is released from jail after ten months

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Danilo Maldonado, better known as El Sexto.

Danilo Maldanado, Cuban graffiti artist better known as ‘’El Sexto’’ (The Sixth), has been freed from a Cuban prison on Tuesday morning after spending 10 months inside.

Maldanado was charged with mocking Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother Raul, he was also accused of "disrespecting the leaders of the revolution." 

He attempted to paint two pigs with the names of the country's current president and former leader.

He was arrested by security officers on Dec. 25 at a public square in Havana’s Central Park.

“They arrived at 10 am and took me out of my cell, they took me to gather my belongings and handcuffed me. All of this took about 15 minutes,” Maldonado said in a telephone interview.

Maldonado said while he was in jail, he experienced the same conditions and shortages as all prisoners.  During his incarceration an international campaign was started for his release.

“I was in a double-walled cell for 22 days. The key for the lock was held by the official on guard, so if you faint, the guard of the cell has to go and look for the key,” he said in reference to his first hunger strike.

“The conditions are extreme in order to break you.” he added.

The dissident Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation claims that there are about 60 political prisoners in Cuba, including some two dozen held for peaceful acts of political protest.

"Now I am going to try to recover my energy and be with my daughter," Maldonado said.

"I want to travel to the United States in the future and thank all the people who supported the cause to have me freed." he added.

TRTWorld and agencies