Cuban political prisoner Wilman Villar Mendoza has been on hunger strike for 29 days, and Cuban activists are taking to the streets on his behalf.
Eight members of the Damas De Blanco and an activist with the Patriotic Union of Cuba were arrested Friday outside the Aguadores prison in Santiago de Cuba, where alongside Villar's wife, Mariza Pelegrino Cabrales, and their two young children, they were demanding that Villar be transferred to a hospital.
"Mariza is demanding that prison authorities take him to the hospital, and that they let her see him so she can see what condition he is in," said former prisoner of conscience Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, whose wife Belkys Cantillo Ramírez was one of the Damas arrested.
Villar was arrested this past November in Contramaestre during a human rights protest. He was later tried, convicted of the supposed crimes of "disrespect," "assault" and "resistance" and sentenced to four years in prison.
Among the other Damas arrested were Tania Montoya Vázquez, Liudmila Rodríguez Palomo, Karina Quintana Hernández and Mayelín La O Montero.