. . . but his legacy lives on.
MIAMI (Reuters) – Cuban police have detained Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado, once declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, after he made a video celebrating the death of Fidel Castro, a dissident human rights group and the artist’s girlfriend said on Monday.
. . . Maldonado posted a video on social media on Saturday in which he rants against Castro and calls him a “mare,” a Cuban pejorative.
Such a video could constitute the offense of “disrespect.” Maldonado, 33, was previously jailed on that charge for painting the names “Fidel” and “Raul” on a pair of pigs.
And if there is one thing the worker’s paradise cannot abide, it is “disrespect.”
Maldonado had previously been arrested in December of 2014. He spent ten months in prison before being released following an Amnesty International report naming him as Cuba’s “only prisoner of conscience.”
His most recent detention was reported by Maldonado’s American girlfriend, Alexandra Martinez, who said she spoke with him moments before he was detained by Cuban officials, and by the dissident Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation, which said Maldonado’s mother reported the detention on South Florida radio.
Cuban officials have not confirmed whether Maldonado was in custody, said Kimberley Motley, a human rights attorney contacted by the Human Rights Foundation to handle Maldanado’s case. Cuba does not publicly report arrests and dismisses dissidents as U.S.-paid mercenaries.
Cuba libre? Not yet.