The Latest: Amnesty urges Cuba to release detained artist

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Posted: Nov 30, 2016 5:41 PM
The Latest: Amnesty urges Cuba to release detained artist

HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

Amnesty International is urging Cuba to release an artist who it says was detained a day after the death of Fidel Castro.

Danilo Maldonado, also known as "El Sexto," is a protest artist often highly critical of Cuba's government. His mother, Maria Victoria Machado, says he was detained Nov. 26 for creating graffiti in three places in northern Havana that said in Spanish "he's gone," in an allusion to Castro.

The international human rights group says it considers the 33-year-old Maldonado a "prisoner of conscience." It said in a statement published online Tuesday that he was jailed for the "peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression."

In 2014, he was detained and held for months after releasing two pigs painted with the names Fidel and Raul, the latter a reference to Castro's younger brother and successor as president.

Island authorities generally accuse dissident artists, writers and activists of being counter-revolutionaries doing the bidding of foreign interests to undermine Cuba's government and one-party system.


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One of Fidel Castro's brothers is remembering the late Cuban leader as a restless child who enjoyed horse riding and hunting in the mountains near his hometown of Biran.

At 87, Martin Castro still lives in the town in the eastern province of Holguin in a modest home with his two children and his grandchildren.

Martin Castro says he doesn't much like to travel, so he didn't see Fidel very often. But he's grateful to see Cubans across the island paying tribute to his brother.

"Wherever you go, you see people crying, half the people crying," he told The Associated Press while sitting in his rocking chair watching the nationwide homage to his famous brother on television. "The people are responding correctly."