PINAR DEL RIO


support babalú


Your donations help fund
our continued operation

do you babalú?

what they’re saying


bestlatinosmall.jpg

quotes.gif

activism


ozt_bilingual


buclbanner

recommended reading





babalú features





recent comments


  • Honey: I hope these well paid ball players appreciate the free country that is giving them this opportunity and will not give one cent to...

  • asombra: $72.5 million, to anybody, to play a GAME to entertain people? Unreal. I can tell you that my money does NOT go to very rich...

  • asombra: Again, if Armstrong were a Republican operative connected with a high-ranking Republican senator and the exact same thing had...

  • asombra: Kerry has the face of an over-groomed basset hound which fancies itself a borzoi. I pity the fool, or I would if he...

  • asombra: That poster is a riot. You can’t make this shit up. It’d be downright hysterical if it weren’t for the fact...

search babalu

babalú archives

frequent topics


elsewhere on the net



realclearworld

Cuba: Dissident graffiti artist ‘El Sexto’ facing trial in Castro court

Via 14yMedio in Translating Cuba:

El Sexto Facing Trial

El Sexto at his home in Havana (14ymedio)

14ymedio, Havana, 9 July 2014 – The graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto” (The Sixth), has been in custody for five days charged with “violation of domicile and injury” and will be prosecuted, according to several friends and Cuban activists. Interviewed by the newspaper just two weeks ago, the artist is being held incommunicado and will be tried this week, according to reports from his family on Wednesday.

This newspaper was able to contact the photographer Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo who, in speaking of El Sexto, said, “he has no attorney, no money, no one left free in Cuba who is able to help him.” The young man has spent several years in the sights of the Cuban political police for a series of graffiti and expositions where he questions the powers-that-be and gives voice to outlawed civil society. His friends believe this could be a “settling of accounts.”

Several witnesses say that a domestic incident and a complaint from the father of El Sexto’s wife have “served as a reason for the police to charge his and to remove him from the streets where he realizes his art.” There is still no official version of events and the authorities are not providing clear answers to the several phone calls made to investigate the situation of the detainee.

In late 2012, the writer Angel Santiesteban Prats was convicted on similar charges and still remains an inmate of a forced work center on the outskirts of Havana. As a general rule, people critical of the government are not judged on political grounds but rather for “common crimes” with the objective of reducing solidarity and international pressure.

You must be logged in to post a comment.