A total of 19 dissidents, including eight who are in prison, are now on hunger strike to demand the release of political prisoner Jorge Vasquez Chaviano.
Vasquez remains in jail, even though he has completed his sentence.
Among those standing up for him is Martha B. Roque, the only woman imprisoned during the "black spring" of 2003. She was released a year later because of her poor health, and it hasn't gotten better. A day after she started her hunger strike, there already were reports that she was in a weakened condition because of her protest.