Cuban independent trade unionist Vladimir Morea Bacallao in November was sentenced to eight years in prison after a court found him guilty of "public disorder," "assault," "disrespect" and "injuries," each a supposed crime the regime regularly uses to add an air of legitimacy of its repression. He had been arrested in February after a Castroite-mob launched an "act of repudiation" outside the home of another trade unionist, Jorge Ramírez Calderón, who also in November was sentenced to four years in prison on similar charges.
Morera, however, is not giving up the fight. This week, he hit the 25-day mark of a hunger strike to demand his freedom.
State Security has tried to negotiate with Morera but so far, he has refused to back off his demand. Meanwhile, guards have stripped him to his underwear and kept him confined in a dark and cold punishment cell.
Morera's sister says he has vowed to continue his hunger strike until "liberty or death."