Jailed Cuban activist Luis Enrique Lozada Igarza, whose arrest and subsequent hunger strike April 9 sparked identical protests by other activists in several Cuban cities, is now vowing to not drink water until he is released, according to Martinoticias.
Lozada, a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), was arrested after he and his family, who live in Mafo in Santiago de Cuba province, were subjected to "acts of repudation" by Castroite goons. He was taken to a local police station, where he declared himself on hunger strike, and later was transferred to the notorious Boniato prison.
To demand his release, as many as 53 other UNPACU activists, lead by the group's leader Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, a former prisoner of conscience, joined Lozada's wife and children with their own hunger strikes. The protests have spread to several cities in eastern Cuba.
Lozada's parents were able to visit him in prison on Friday. They reported he was suffering from several bruises he suffered during beatings by police.
"The parents are very alarmed because Luis Enrique Lozado said that from that moment he also wasn't going to drink water," Ferrer said.
Pedazos de la Isla has more coverage of the nationwide hunger strikes, including photographs of the hunger strikers.