UPDATED, Aug. 9, 2008: Hugo Prieto was returned to prison Aug. 6, 2008, to finish his original sentence. He had been granted a "conditional release" earlier in the year, but officials revoked it because of his continued opposition activities. Read here and here for more details.
Based on his behavior since he was jailed in November 2004, Hugo Prieto, a member of the National Liberal Party of Cuba, would be proud to be call "intransigent." Three days after he was arrested, he declared a hunger strike, a tactic he has used several times since to show his resistence, his intransigence towards his captors as they try to "re-educate" him.
Prieto, 39, and serving a 4-year prison term for being a "pre-criminal social danger," is again on hunger strike, but this time it is personal. Independent journalist Carlos Serpa Maceira is reporting that Prieto started his latest protest, after prison officials denied him permission to visit his hospitalized 19-year-old son, who was seriously injured in an automobile crash.
Instead, as Serpa reports, prison officials have responded by throwing Prieto into a punishment cell.
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