Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Cuban prisoner dies during hunger strike

Posted on Monday, 01.02.12

Cuban prisoner dies during hunger strike
The Associated Press

HAVANA -- A leading human rights activist says a Cuban prisoner who
launched a hunger strike because he was not part of a large prison
amnesty has died of an apparent heart attack.

Rights activist Elizardo Sanchez said Monday that Rene Cobas died Sunday
in the Boniato prison near the western city of Santiago. Sanchez says
Cobas was a common criminal and not jailed for political reasons.

Sanchez says Cobas and about 20 other prison inmates launched a hunger
strike after learning they were not part of a massive amnesty announced
by President Raul Castro on Dec. 23. He says Cobas died after exhibiting
symptoms of a heart attack for two days.


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