Cuban political prisoner begins hunger strike
Cuban political prisoner Calixto Ramon Martinez starts hunger strike
Cuban independent journalist Calixto Ramon Martinez, in jail since Sept. 16, has started a hunger strike to protest poor living conditions and other mistreatment he has suffered since being transferred this past Saturday at el Combinando del Este in Havana.
When Martinez arrived at the prison, guards confiscated his civilian clothes and threw him into a small, overcrowded cell with about 35 other inmates. The cell, which is about 42 feet long and 20 feet, has only a single double-sink and two holes in the ground for a toilet.
"The conditions in this prison are totally appalling, it should be declared uninhabitable," Martinez said in a telephone conversation with Roberto Guerra, Martinez's boss at the CIHPRESS news agency.
Martinez was able to use the prison phone, even though prison officials had said he was to be barred from making calls.
Martinez said he would continue with his protest until he gets his clothes back.
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