Political prisoner Jorge Cervantes Garcia's family and fellow activists, in Cuba and in exile, are continuing their valiant efforts to save his life by informing the world of his struggle against the Castro dictatorship.
Cervantes has been on hunger strike for 17 days demanding his immediate release after he was arrested in March and ordered to serve 4 years remaining on an earlier sentence. This past weekend, the regime finally relented a bit and transferred from a punishment cell at the El Tipico prison to a hospital in Santiago de Cuba.
Cervantes remains on hunger strike, suffering the effects both his protest and of the tuberculosis he has suffered since his earlier stint in prison.
In a report posted earlier today on Facebook and on the MCL website, the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) reported that his mother was able to visit him. She found in him in very poor condition, and even had to bathe him because he couldn't do it himself.
Cervantes, however, remain committed to his protest.
"Jorge Cervantes proclaimed himself innocent of the vile charges that political police manufactured against him, and exercised his right to remain on hunger strike until there is justice and he is freed, or until he is martyred," the MCL statement reads.
Protest by suicide is never an acceptable option, but it is important to remember that Cervantes is fighting back against his jailers by the only weapons at his disposal -- his health and maybe his life. His is a desperate act, but it is the only thing he can do to achieve the freedom that is his right.
Fortunately, those of us advocating his cause have other options, which his family, his friends and this blogger will not stop using until there is justice and freedom for Jorge Cervantes Garcia.
LIBERTAD Y VIDA PARA JORGE CREVANTES Y PARA TODOS LOS CUBANOS!!!
Read the MCL statement, in Spanish, below the fold.
ACABO DE HABLAR CON AGUSTIN CERVANTES.
EN COMUNICACIÓN TELEFÓNICA HACE UNOS MINUTOS CON SU MADRE PUDO SABER QUE ESTA ACABABA DE VISITAR A JORGE, TRASLADADO BAJO ARRESTO AL HOSPITAL SATURNINO LORA EN SANTIAGO DE CUBA. LA SEÑORA ALBA PUDO CONVERSAR CON SU HIJO ARRESTADO Y AYUDARLE A BAÑARSE DEBIDO A SU DELICADO ESTADO FÍSICO. JORGE CERVANTES PROCLAMA SU INOCENCIA DE LOS VILES CARGOS QUE LA POLICÍA POLÍTICA PRETENDE FABRICARLE Y MANIFIESTA SU OPCIÓN DE PERMANECER EN HUELGA DE HAMBRE HASTA QUE SE HAGA JUSTICIA Y SE LE LIBERE, O HASTA EL MARTIRIO... ACUSAMOS A LA JUNTA MILITAR CUBANA DE ACTUAR CON GROSERO DESPEGUE DE LA JUSTICIA Y TOTAL DESPRECIO A LA VIDA DE LAS PERSONAS, LE RESPONSABILIZAMOS DE CUALQUIER DESENLACE FATAL PARA LA SALUD Y LA VIDA DE JORGE CERVANTES! LIBERTAD SIN CONDICIÓN AHORA PARA JORGE CERVANTES Y PARA TODOS LOS PRISIONEROS POLÍTICOS CUBANOS!!! LIBERTAD Y VIDA PARA JORGE CREVANTES Y PARA TODOS LOS CUBANOS!!!
MOVIMIENTO CRISTIANO LIBERACIÓN