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    Cuban Exiles Demand The Release Of Danilo Maldonado

    Cuban Exiles Demand The Release Of Danilo Maldonado / EFE, 14ymedio
    Posted on September 29, 2015

    EFE, Miami, 29 September 2015 — The Assembly of Cuban Resistance in
    Miami on Tuesday demanded the release in Cuba of artist Danilo
    Maldonado, known as El Sexto (The Sixth), who has spent 22 days on a
    hunger strike to demand his freedom after nine months of detention.

    According to the Cuban exile group, the graffiti artist is in “critical
    condition” in the Cuban prison of Valle Grande, in the province of
    Mayabeque, along with the activisits Zaqueo Báez, Ismael Bonet Reñé and
    María Josefa Acón, detained in Havana and also on hunger strike.

    The organization explained that Maldonado was arrested in December 2014
    for painting the names of the two Castro brothers on the backs of two
    pigs, before an artistic performance he was going to stage with the animals.

    The group called on human rights organizations and the international
    community to “show solidarity with this cause.”

    “No trial has yet been held and the reason is that he simply wanted to
    stage a performance,” the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance said in a
    statement today.

    The organization said that the three other human rights activists belong
    to the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) and were arrested on 20
    September during the visit of Pope Francis to the island.

    “We call on the international community to support these defenders of
    human rights whose lives are really at risk,” Antonio Rodiles said in a
    statement; Rodiles is one of the coordinators of the Forum on the Rights
    and Freedoms.

    After more than five decades of enmity, Cuba and the United States
    re-established diplomatic relations on 20 July.

    The White House said this Tuesday that President Barack Obama
    “reaffirmed” before his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, his “commitment”
    to ensure that the Government of the island “does a better job” in
    protecting the human rights of its citizens, following the participation
    of both presidents on Monday at the UN General Assembly in New York.

    Source: Cuban Exiles Demand The Release Of Danilo Maldonado / EFE,
    14ymedio | Translating Cuba –

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