When a Cuban political prisoner chooses to protest their continued imprisonment or their unjust treatment, they are taking a grave risk because to their captors, the Castro dictatorship, it doesn't matter whether they live or die -- just that they do so with nobody noticing.
But when attention is paid, it's enough to make the bastards nervous, which I suspect is what political prisoner Marcelino Abreu, on hunger strike for more than three weeks, is causing the warden and guards at the Guamajal prison in Villa Clara.
Abreu started his protest Sept. 16, after he was tried, convicted and sentenced to 4 years in prison of bogus charges of "public disorder" and "disrespecting" Fidel Castro after he was caught distributing anti-Castro leaflets on Aug. 13, 2012 -- the hijo de puta's birthday, no less.
Abreu is demanding his immediate release, a demand the authorities have given no indication they would ever meet.
But with his health rapidly weakening, prison officials bent a little this past weekend and allowed Abreu to speak via telephone with his sister. They also promised Maritza Abreu that she would be able to see her brother so that she could ask him to abandone his hunger strike.
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