Danilo Maldonado

Cuba Releases Jailed Dissident Street Artist

Cuban street artist Danilo Maldonado—who was held for ten months after painting two pigs with the names of Raúl and Fidel Castro—has been released as the Cuban government promised, reports The Guardian. Known as El Sexto, Maldonado was held without charge since December 25, prompting international human rights groups like Amnesty International to call for his release. The Human Rights Foundation awarded the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent to the artist, who mounted a nearly one-month-long hunger strike to protest his detention.

“I want to now connect with the people that supported me,” said Maldonado, adding that he wanted to get a US visa to head to Miami.