Activist Abandons Hunger Strike After Promise Of Not Being Deported To
His Home Province / 14ymedio
14ymedio, Havana, 10 January 2017 — Vladimir Martín Castellanos, a
member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), abandoned his hunger
strike this Monday after the authorities promised that he would not be
deported from Las Tunas to Santiago de Cuba, as confirmed by the
Castellanos himself to 14ymedio.
The activist remained 32 days without food in his fight to register
himself in the civil registry of Puerto Padre where his wife, Ileana
Marrero, resides. Beforehand and on various occasions, the Security of
State intercepted him when he attempted to register.
On Monday, an officer who identified himself as Captain Miguelito,
visited Castellanos' wife and promised her he would be allowed to reside
in the municipality. Upon hearing the news, Castellanos decided to end
his hunger strike.
"I feel very weak and began drinking soup" to regain strength, he
commented to this newspaper. "I would like to continue my fight and stay
with the Unpacu," explained the activist.
Martín Castellanos, 53, believes that "the authorities will follow
through" this time, but notes that they did not provide him an official
document confirming the decision. A family member of the activist is
arranging tickets to "travel early tomorrow toward Puerto Padre."
Translated by Chavely Garcia
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