Cuban independent journalist and prisoner of conscience Calixto Martinez on Thursday ended a hunger strike he started to demand his release from jail.
Martinez, who has been held without trial since Sept. 16, has been told that he will be transferred from the Combinando del Este prison in Havana to the Valle Grande prison in Havana province. Subsequently, he will be released, according to Martinoticias.com.
Via Twitter, independent journalist Roberto de Jeusus, who talked with Martinez, said the prisoner told him that the hunger strike, which he started March 6, had caused him to lose two teeth and that he had suffered injuries to his mouth and teeth.
Martinez, who was arrested while trying to report on what happened to donated medical supplies that apparently spoiled while at the Havana airport, faces a charge of "disrespecting" Fidel Castro. However, he has yet to be brought to trial, which lead Martinez to carry out two seperate hunger strikes to force his release.
Hunger strikes by Cuban political prisoners to force the the Castro regime to act are unfortunate because in most instances, they are futile. The regime doesn't care if they live or die, unless the international attention is such that it cannot be ignored.
That may be what happened in the Martinez case, which via social media and other means had grabbed scrutiny from around the world. The stakes were made too high for the regime to continue ignoring his plea for justice.
Uncommon Sense is proud to have joined that effort, and we will keep watch until Martinez is released from prison.