Political prisoners in Cuba

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11 Cuban political prisoners have died in hunger strikes

Cuban political prisoners who have died in hunger strikes (1959-present)

11 Cuban political prisoners have died in hunger strikes
By Cuba Archive Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fidel Castro served only 18 months of a 15-year prison sentence for
leading an attack on the Moncada Army Barracks. Dictator, Fulgencio
Batista caved to public demands and freed all… Continue reading

Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a Fearful Death

Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a Fearful Death
By Miriam Celaya

Until last February 23rd, it seemed that the imprisonment of the Black
Spring 75 had been one of Castro's utmost blunders. The death of Orlando
Zapata Tamayo, one of the civic fighters entrapped back then by the
strong wave of repression unleashed by the dictatorship, goes to… Continue reading

Dissident's Death Ignites Protest Actions in Cuba

Dissident's Death Ignites Protest Actions in Cuba
By MARC LACEY
Published: February 26, 2010

Friends and relatives of the Cuban activist Orlando Zapata Tamayo on
Wednesday with a condolence book during his wake in Havana. He had been
arrested in a mass roundup of dissidents in 2003. Mr. Zapata, 42,
stopped eating solid foods on Dec.… Continue reading

Cuban media acknowledges jailed dissident's death

Posted on Saturday, 02.27.10
Cuban media acknowledges jailed dissident's death
The Associated Press

HAVANA — State media reported the death of a jailed, dissident hunger
striker on Saturday, acknowledging four days after the fact a story that
most Cubans had already heard through word of mouth.

Writing in the Communist Party daily Granma, a longtime government… Continue reading

Castros equal-opportunity oppressors

Posted on Saturday, 02.27.10
Castros equal-opportunity oppressors
BY JOE CARDONA
jccigar@aol.com

When it comes to the Castro brothers' reign in Cuba, history sadly and
criminally repeats itself and the world sits idly by.

Last week, 42-year-old imprisoned Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo
took his last breath. Zapata had sustained an 80-plus days hunger strike
protesting the… Continue reading

El régimen envía a celdas de castigo a cuatro presos políticos en huelga de hambre

El régimen envía a celdas de castigo a cuatro presos políticos en huelga
de hambre
Sábado 27 de Febrero de 2010 01:50 Agencias

Cuatro de los presos políticos que se declararon en huelga de hambre en
solidaridad con Orlando Zapata Tamayo fueron trasladados a celdas de
castigo, donde permanecen aislados y sin recibir ningún tipo de… Continue reading

Free political prisoners, Spain tells Cuba

Free political prisoners, Spain tells Cuba
Africa Leader
Friday 26th February, 2010
(IANS)

Madrid, Feb 26 (IANS/EFE) Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez
Zapatero has demanded that Cuba's communist government release its
'prisoners of conscience' and respect human rights following the death
of a Cuban political prisoner on hunger strike.

The death Tuesday of Orlando Zapata… Continue reading

Cuba dissidents: Dead hunger striker not forgotten

Cuba dissidents: Dead hunger striker not forgotten
AP
By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Writer Will Weissert, Associated
Press Writer – Thu Feb 25, 4:38 pm ET

HAVANA – Cuba's opposition community pledged Thursday to seize upon the
international outcry over a hunger-striking dissident's death in prison
and increase pressure on the communist government to improve its… Continue reading

Is the Castro-friendly Cuba policy working?

Is the Castro-friendly Cuba policy working?
Friday, February 26, 2010

IN THE PAST few months, proponents of lifting U.S. and international
sanctions against Cuba have been gaining momentum. Their argument is
that the strategy of isolating the Castro regime has failed and that
more trade, more visits by Americans and more diplomatic engagement will
produce better… Continue reading

Cuban hunger striker buried as security agents watch

Posted on Friday, 02.26.10
Cuban hunger striker buried as security agents watch
Cuban security agents kept a close eye as about 150 people, some
shouting against the government, attended the funeral of a political
prisoner who died on a hunger strike.
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

Amid shouts of “down with the dictatorship'' despite a heavy… Continue reading

Cuatro presos políticos y un periodista disidente hacen huelga de hambre en Cuba

Los derechos humanos en Cuba
Cuatro presos políticos y un periodista disidente hacen huelga de hambre
en Cuba
Los cinco piden la liberación de los aproximadamente 200 presos
políticos en la isla.- Otros tres reos hacen "ayuno" de protesta

MAURICIO VICENT – La Habana – 26/02/2010

La disidencia cubana sigue movilizada por la muerte del prisionero… Continue reading

Zapata Tamayo: Víctima de la intransigencia y la desidia

Zapata Tamayo: Víctima de la intransigencia y la desidia

(Martí Noticias, Pablo Alfonso) – El preso político cubano, Orlando
Zapata Tamayo, quien murió el martes en La Habana tras 83 días en huelga
de hambre, fue víctima de la intransigencia del régimen castrista; y del
ominoso silencio de los gobiernos democráticos, las instituciones
religiosas del país… Continue reading

ROS-LEHTINEN CAUTIONS SECRETARY CLINTON ON OVERTURES TO CUBNA REGIME

ROS-LEHTINEN CAUTIONS SECRETARY CLINTON ON OVERTURES TO CUBNA REGIME
2010-02-26.
Ileana Ross-Lehtinen

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Calls for greater U.S. support to
dissidents, political prisoners like Orlando Zapata Tamayo

WASHINGTON– U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on
the House Foreign Affairs Committee, raised concerns about the
Administration's Cuba policy this morning at a hearing with U.S.… Continue reading

Cuba redefines torture

Posted on Thursday, 02.25.10
ORLANDO ZAPATA TAMAYO
Cuba redefines torture
BY MIRIAM LEIVA
leivachepe@gmail.com

HAVANA — Orlando Zapata Tamayo died on Feb. 23 as a result of a hunger
strike he maintained for more than 80 days to demand adequate treatment
for his status as a prisoner of conscience. He staged many other strikes
since March… Continue reading

Encourage change from within

Posted on Thursday, 02.25.10
Encourage change from within
BY FRANCISCO “PEPE'' HERNANDEZ
hq@canf.org

These are days of profound reflection for the Cuban-American exile
community. Two days ago the brave prisoner of conscience, Orlando Zapata
Tamayo, died in Castro's notorious prisons, a victim of the regime's
brutality and its disdain for human life.

Wednesday, we commemorated another… Continue reading

Cuba imposes "state of siege" for dissident's funeral

Cuba imposes "state of siege" for dissident's funeral
Havana, Feb 25, 2010 (EFE via COMTEX) —

The remains of Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo were laid
to rest early Thursday in his home town amid a "genuine state of siege,"
a leading dissident said.

Banes, in the eastern province of Holguin, has been "occupied since… Continue reading

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