Cuban political prisoner Marcelino Abreu’s life in danger as he continues hunger strike
On hunger strike for his freedom, Cuban political prisoner Marcelino Abreu Bonora tonight lies near death.
Abreu, an activist with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, last month resumed a hunger strike after the Castro dictatorship reneged on a promise to release him. Just before the new year, officials transferred Abreu to a military hospital.
Via Twitter on Sunday, activist Ivan Hernandez Carillo reported that Abreu is suffering tremendous pain, apparently because of an infection caused by a contaminated catheter.
“We hold the Castro brothers’ regime responsible for his life,” UNPACU wrote on its Facebook page on Sunday.
Abreu was arrested Aug. 13, 2012 — Fidel Castro’s 86th birthday — when police caught him distributing anti-government leaflets and shouting anti-Castro slogans. (His protest was captured on this video; see the 1:50 mark.)
More than a year later, on Aug. 29, Abreu was tried, convicted and sentenced to 4 years in prison, even though Abreu wasn’t allowed to be in the courtoom. On Sept. 21, Abreu responded by starting his hunger strike.