Thursday, March 30, 2017

Activist on hunger strike is transferred to an isolated intermediate care room

Activist on hunger strike is transferred to an isolated intermediate
care room
DDC | Holguín | 30 de Marzo de 2017 - 11:20 CEST.

On Monday Cuban activist Anairis Miranda Leyva was moved to an isolated
intermediate care room at the provincial hospital of Holguin after
spending 22 days on a hunger strike, her mother, Maydolis Leyva, told
Martí Noticias.

Her twin sister, Adairis, continues at the Lucía Iñiguez Surgical
Clinic, and their brother, Fidel Batista Leyva, is being kept
incomunicado in a punishment cell at the province's Cuba sí jail.

Leyva told the outlet that: "last night she learned that her daughter
Anairis had been transferred from her room at the Lenin hospital to an
isolated intensive care room."

"Only the medical personnel attending to her have access to my daughter.
I found out that next to her there are two guards, permanently, and they
have placed green curtains around her, so that she cannot be seen," said
her mother.

According to Leyva, Anairis's room change and isolation are due to her
complaint to the authorities that in the room where her daughter was
hospitalized she had been handcuffed to the bed.

Her mother, an opposition activist, has not heard from the other twin
sister, also hospitalized.

Fidel Batista Leyva remains in a punishment cell at the Cuba Sí jail.
According to her mother, she has been informed that he "could be taken
to a hospital" on Wednesday.

She was able to have some brief contact with Batista before he was taken
to the punishment cell. He had told her that, in addition to her hunger
strike, he had decided not to drink water either, at which point he
began to "urinate blood."

The family of dissidents belongs to the Movimiento Cubano Reflexión. In
November of last year the regime arrested the three siblings and their
mother, and accused them of the "defamation of institutions and the
martyrs of the fatherland" during the ceremonies to mourn the death of
Fidel Castro.

Last February, the three siblings were sentenced to one year of
internment, their mother receiving the same sentence, but under house
arrest. The activists have maintained their innocence, and commenced a
hunger strike to protest irregularities in the judicial process, and to
demand their freedom.

Source: Activist on hunger strike is transferred to an isolated
intermediate care room | Diario de Cuba -

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