El Sexto’s Mother Fears for His Health in Prison, Where an Outbreak of
Dengue Fever Has Occurred / Diario de Cuba, Maria Matienzo Puerto
Posted on September 6, 2015
Diario de Cuba, María Matienzo Puerto, Havana, 5 September 2015 — The
mother of graffiti artist El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado), María Victoria
Machado, following her visit to her son on Friday at Valle Grande
prison, reports that her son’s case file is “lost.”
In statements to Diario de Cuba, Machado expressed her anguish over this
development, as well as for the health of her son, and the sanitary
conditions in the prison. Because of health reasons, the artist ceased
the hunger strike he had recently announced.
“I was quite worried about the cold he had,” Machado said after having
visited him in prison. “Although he had ceased the hunger strike, he
barely touched any food. I could see he had no appetite.”
Likewise, his mother said that her primary concern is the disappearance
of his case file. “What they want to do is to prolong his imprisonment
with no charges filed, nor justice served. They have kicked us around.
And nobody can explain the file’s disappearance.”
El Sexto told his mother how the inmates had gone for three days without
drinking water, while an outbreak of dengue had led to daily fumigations
at the prison.
Another reprisal inflicted on the artist is to cross off his list of
approved visitors any friends deemed objectionable by State Security.
Source: El Sexto’s Mother Fears for His Health in Prison, Where an
Outbreak of Dengue Fever Has Occurred / Diario de Cuba, Maria Matienzo
Puerto | Translating Cuba –