Cuban political prisoner Ernesto Borges, a former counterintelligence agent convicted of spying for the United States, has started a hunger strike to demand, among other things, access to needed medical care.
Borges, a political prisoner since July 1998, Borges in late October was transferred to the Combinado del Este prison in Havana. Since then, officials have failed to provide him needed medical care so he told his mother in a brief telephone call that he would be starting a hunger strike, according to Martinoticias.com.
Borges, who had been assigned to monitor the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, in 1998 was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison on charges that he had spied for the Americans.
In addition to medical care, Borges is seeking permission to speak via telephone with a daughter who lives in Canada and be allowed to go outside 20 minutes a week, as other prisoners are allowed to do.
Read more about Borges here.
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