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    Cuba must release graffiti artist jailed for painting Castros’ names on pigs’ back

    Cuba must release graffiti artist jailed for painting Castros’ names on
    pigs’ back
    29 September 2015, 14:50 UTC

    A Cuban graffiti artist who has been unfairly held in prison for nearly
    a year after he painted “Raúl” and “Fidel” on the backs of two pigs has
    been named as a prisoner of conscience, said Amnesty International today
    as it called for his immediate release.

    Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as ‘El Sexto’, was accused of
    “disrespecting the leaders of the Revolution” and sent to prison after
    officers opened the taxi’s boot and found the two pigs. Danilo intended
    to release them in an art show on Christmas Day.

    “To jail an artist for painting a name on a pig is ludicrous. Cuban
    authorities are using any cowardly excuse to silence Danilo and send a
    message to others that any criticism of the government and its officials
    will not be tolerated,” said Carolina Jiménez, Americas Deputy Director
    for Research at Amnesty International.

    To jail an artist for painting a name on a pig is ludicrous. Cuban
    authorities are using any cowardly excuse to silence Danilo and send a
    message to others that any criticism of the government and its officials
    will not be tolerated
    Carolina Jiménez, Americas Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty
    International.
    “What this story shows is that while Raúl Castro shakes hands with the
    world in his historic visit to the USA, things have hardly changed in
    Cuba, where people are still being thrown in jail solely for peacefully
    exercising their right to freedom of expression.”

    Danilo was arrested by agents of the political police (Seguridad del
    Estado) in Havana while travelling in a taxi on 25 December 2014 and has
    been in prison ever since. He recently began a hunger strike and has
    been moved to an isolation cell.

    “Danilo is a prisoner of conscience who should have never been put in
    prison in the first place. He must be released immediately and
    unconditionally,” said Carolina Jiménez.

    Source: Cuba must release graffiti artist jailed for painting Castros’
    names on pigs’ back | Amnesty International –
    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/09/cuba-must-release-graffiti-artist-jailed-for-painting-castros-names-on-pigs-back/

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