Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Jailed Cuban dissident dies after prolonged hunger strike

Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo died Tuesday after an 80-day hunger strike to demand better jail conditions, according to dissidents.

"He got much worse last Tuesday and was brought to Havana," said Laura Pollan, one of the leaders of the Ladies of White, a group of wives and relatives of political prisoners.

"But sadly he died at around 4 p.m."

According to Pollan, Zapata, 42, went on strike to demand a separate cell from common criminals and permission for his family to bring him food. She said he also refused to wear the prison uniform.

He was transferred from his prison in central Holguin province to a prison in Havana when his health deteriorated, and eventually to a hospital in the capital, she said.

To read more and source: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/02/23/cuba.dissident/index.html?hpt=Sbin

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