“Short-term detentions occur regularly in Cuba, where officials typically arrest activists for a few hours or even days without pressing charges in the hope of both silencing their voices and discouraging others to engage in public displays of dissent,” said HRF president Thor Halvorssen. “El Sexto’s graffiti art is one of the regime elite’s most feared methods of protest because it exposes their true nature. They are old, dictatorial, and they lack a sense of humor,” said Halvorssen.
El Sexto recently returned to Cuba after participating in the College Freedom Forum at UFM in Guatemala City and holding his first art show abroad in Miami, where he heavily criticized the Cuban government for the lack of fundamental rights and freedoms in the country.
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