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Cuba releases street artist 'El Sexto' after 10 months in prison
International human rights groups called his case a vivid demonstration of how Cuba's harsh limits on freedom of expression remain in full force despite the island's economic opening and restoration of diplomatic relations with the United States.
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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)

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Danilo Maldonado, better known as El Sexto, greets friend Alberto Chavez, as his mother Maria Victoria Machado stands in the doorway of their home, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Maldonado was freed Tuesday after 10 months behind bars for attempting to release two pigs painted with the names of Raul and Fidel Castro, the countrys current president and former leader. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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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 countrys current president and former leader. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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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 countrys current president and former leader. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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Danilo Maldonado, better known as El Sexto, speaks on a mobile phone in the living room 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 countrys current president and former leader. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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In this Oct. 16, 2015 photo Maria Victoria Machado, right, stands in her living room as the youngest of her sons Jose Darien uses his laptop, in Havana, Cuba. Machado said Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, that her son Danilo Maldonado, better known as El Sexto, has been freed after 10 months behind bars for attempting to release two pigs painted with the names of Raul and Fidel Castro, the countrys current president and former leader. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

Cuba releases street artist 'El Sexto' after 10 months in prison

International human rights groups called his case a vivid demonstration of how Cuba's harsh limits on freedom of expression remain in full force despite the island's economic opening and restoration of diplomatic relations with the United States.

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