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Mother: Cuban artist known as El Sexto freed after 10 months behind bars, calls for release

  • In this Oct. 16, 2015 photo, Maria Victoria Machado stands on her front porch, wearing a T-shirt featuring a stencil art image of her son Danilo Maldonado, better known as El Sexto, in Havana, Cuba. Machado said Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, that her son has been freed after 10 months behind bars for attempting to release two pigs painted with the names of Raul and Fidel Castro, the country’s current president and former leader. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

    In this Oct. 16, 2015 photo, Maria Victoria Machado stands on her front porch, wearing a T-shirt featuring a stencil art image of her son Danilo Maldonado, better known as El Sexto, in Havana, Cuba. Machado said Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, that her son has been freed after 10 months behind bars for attempting to release two pigs painted with the names of Raul and Fidel Castro, the country’s current president and former leader. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Oct. 16, 2015 photo, Maria Victoria Machado stands in her living room, wearing a T-shirt featuring a stencil art image of her son Danilo Maldonado, better known as El Sexto, in Havana, Cuba. Machado said Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, that her son has been freed after 10 months behind bars for attempting to release two pigs painted with the names of Raul and Fidel Castro, the country’s current president and former leader. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

    In this Oct. 16, 2015 photo, Maria Victoria Machado stands in her living room, wearing a T-shirt featuring a stencil art image of her son Danilo Maldonado, better known as El Sexto, in Havana, Cuba. Machado said Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, that her son has been freed after 10 months behind bars for attempting to release two pigs painted with the names of Raul and Fidel Castro, the country’s current president and former leader. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Danilo Maldonado, better known as El Sexto, stands at the entrance of his home after being released from jail, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Maldonado was freed after 10 months behind bars for attempting to release two pigs painted with the names of Raul and Fidel Castro, the country's current president and former leader. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

    Danilo Maldonado, better known as El Sexto, stands at the entrance of his home after being released from jail, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Maldonado was freed after 10 months behind bars for attempting to release two pigs painted with the names of Raul and Fidel Castro, the country's current president and former leader. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)  (The Associated Press)

The mother of the Cuban artist known as El Sexto tells The Associated Press that he has been freed after spending 10 months behind bars for attempting to release two pigs painted with the names of Raul and Fidel Castro, the country's current president and former leader.

Maria Victoria Machado said Tuesday afternoon that her son Danilo Maldonado had just arrived home from prison.

His case had been taken up by international human rights groups and seen as a sign of the Cuban government's continued intolerance of criticism of the country's most important figures, despite the declaration of detente with the United States.