Cuban human rights activist Julián Antonio Moné Borrero was hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition, suffering the effects of a hunger strike he started two weeks to protest his arrest on a charge of "attacking." Moné, who was released from prison earlier this year, faces up to 5 years in prison if convicted of the new charge, which stemmed from an incident Sept. 28 when he got into a scuffle with military student who objected to the shirt - declaring CAMBIO, or "change" - Moné was wearing.
UPDATED, Oct. 18, 2008
Several Miami-based exile groups this week called on the international community to protest Moné's treatment. This report notes that Moné had been active in denouncing increased repression and insufficient relief efforts in the city of Baracoa in far eastern Cuba, since it was ravaged in September by hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
Read the groups' statement, in English, here.