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    ‘El Sexto’ Abandons Hunger Strike After 24 Days

    ‘El Sexto’ Abandons Hunger Strike After 24 Days / 14ymedio
    Posted on October 2, 2015

    Danilo Maldonado (El Sexto) ends 24-day hunger strike with promise from
    prison authorities that he will be released in 15 days.

    14ymedio, Havana, 1 October 2015 — The artist Danilo Maldonado, El
    Sexto, abandoned the hunger strike he had maintained for 24 days this
    Thursday. His mother, Maria Victoria Machado, confirmed the news after a
    visit to the Valle Grande prison, where the graffiti artist has been
    since last December.

    This Thursday, Machado went to the prison to demand the release of her
    son and met there with a lieutenant colonel who was identified as a
    “mediator.” The official informed her that “Danilo lifted the hunger
    strike” and that “from today he will begin to eat.”

    Machado was able to meet personally with El Sexto, whom she said was “in
    high spirits,” although his face “reflects that he has been on hunger
    strike, his lips are completely cracked,” his mother said. Tomorrow,
    Friday, the lady will be able to visit him again and bring him food to
    alleviate his days of fasting.

    The artist told his mother that the hardest part of the hunger strike
    was “the psychological part.”

    After asking for personal information, including her address and contact
    phone number, the lieutenant colonel said that the artist would be
    “released in fifteen days.” To a question from 14ymedio, the mother of
    graffiti artist said she believes that “now that there are international
    agencies involved in his case, it is possible they will do what they said.”

    El Sexto, classified as a prisoner of conscience by the human rights
    organization Amnesty International, was arrested for organizing a
    performance with two pigs painted with the names Raul and Fidel.

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