My video tribute Orlando Zapata Tamayo:
Six months ago today, Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo died after an 85-day hunger strike, touching off renewed international attention on Cuba's deplorable human rights record and spirited activism by opposition activists on the island and in exile. It has been a remarkable period in recent Cuban history — more hunger strikes, more street protests, a Catholic Church awakened from its docility, etc. — capped by the promised and actual release of 52 of the country's most prominent political prisoners.
None of it would have been possible without the courage, determination and sacrifice of Orlando Zapata Tamayo.
He is gone, murdered by the neglect inflicted on him by his captors.
But his legacy endures, through his mother Reina Luisa Tamayo and others committed to ensuring that his death was not in vain.
Zapata lives in the heart and soul of anyone who will not rest until Cuba is free.