As of this afternoon, seven political prisoners in jails in Piñar del Rio were on hunger strikes, protests they started last week after the death of prisoner of conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo.
Also,political prisoners Adolfo Fernández Saínz and Pedro Argüelles have completed 48-hour hunger strikes they started as a tribute to Zapata. A third prisoner who had started a similar fast, Antonio Díaz Sánchez, still had not eaten as of Saturday, according to human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez.
Finally, former political prisoner Guillermo Fariñas is suffering from severe joint pain, dehydration and other effects of a hunger strike now in its fifth day. He has vowed to continue his protest until death, unless the Castro dictatorship releases from its jails political prisoners who are seriously ill.