A version of this post appeared earlier.
Cuban political prisoner Marcelino Abreu Bonora on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, completed the 100th day of a hunger strike, according to the CIHPRESS news agency.
Abreu, 47, has been in jail since this past April when he was sentenced to 4 years on charges of "assault" and "contempt."
Abreu, who is in the hospital at the El Combinado prison in Havana, is demanding both his release and the disciplining of police officers who beat him unconscious in July 2010 after he answered their request for his identification card by saying that he was Cuban and free to travel wherever he wanted without having to show police an ID. He was released after 43 days in custody.
"I saw him on Thursday, and he was very, very ill," said his sister Maritza Abreu. "He had a high fever, is malnourished and is very thin. He now has the flu, and has been on hunger strike for 100 days."
Abreu said her brother's weight had dropped to 93 pounds.
Clearly, Abreu's life is at risk.
Since his jailers do not care whether he lives or dies, it is incumbent on others, in Cuba and elsewhere, to ensure that he and his jailers know that he is not forgotten.
For more about Abreu, read this previous post on Uncommon Sense.