Cuban graffitti artist Danilo Maldonado -- better known as "El Sexto" -- remains on hunger strike to protest his continued unjust imprisonment by the Castro dictatorship, according to his mother.
El Sexto has been held without trial since December, when he was arrested just before he was about to release two pigs with the names "Fidel" and "Raul" painted on their . He faces a charge of "disrespecting" the Castros -- as if they deserve anything more -- but lawyers on El Sexto's behalf have argued that no crime was committed because he never released the pigs and he did not identify the animals by their last name.
These and other legal appeals have been ignored or otherwise rejected by Castro officials.
El Sexto's mother, María Victoria Machado, said she suspects Cuban State Security is pressuring judicial officials to not release her son. Earlier this summer a prison official had told El Sexto he would be released Aug. 24.
Court documents, according to a report by Diario de Cuba, label El Sexto as a "high social danger" who does "nothing socially useful."
"Artists are not useful to society?" Machado asked. "How dangerous can my son be with a brush and a spray?"
Apparently to the Castro dictatorship, very dangerous.