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Cuban hunger striker hospitalized after fall

Cuban political prisoner Walfrido Rodriguez Piloto, who has been on a hunger strike since June 5th, was hospitalized for injuries he received in a fall while in the notorious Combinado del Este prison in Cuba. The prisoner of conscience initiated his hunger strike in protest of being forced to wear the prison uniform of a common criminal.

CHIPRESS has the report (my translation):

Cuban political prisoner on hunger strike suffers a fall at Combinado del Este

By: Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez/ Hablemos Press

HAVANA, June 22 -- Political prisoner Walfrido Rodriguez Piloto suffered a fall on Tuesday according to reports from inmates at the Combinado del Este prison to the Information Center of Hablemos Press.

Rodriguez, who is 42 years old, declared himself on a hunger strike on June 5th. Rodriguez' decision to stop eating for an indefinite period came about due to the authorities attempting to force him to wear the uniforms used in the prisons of the island, which he refused to do as a "planted" prisoner.

"They have denied him family visits if he does not wear the uniform of a common prisoner," his aunt Carmen Barcelo stated.

The inmate that provided the information to Hablemos Press stated that Rodriguez "was transferred to the hospital because of a fall."

This agency has not been able to communicate with the mother of Rodriguez, who has been bedridden because of a foot injury.

Rodriguez, along with three of his companions (Enrique Labrador, David Piloto, and Yordanis Martinez), were sentenced this past May 31 to 3 to 5 years imprisonment on charges of disrespect and public disorder.

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