March 18-20 is the fourth anniversary of the start of the “black spring” crackdown, during which the castro dictatorship rounded up about 80 journalists, librarians, democracy activists and other dissidents. By mid-April 2003, they had each been sentenced to lengthy terms in the gulag.
With an eye on the calendar and this sad anniversary, six political prisoners at the Kilo 8 prison in Camagüey have started a hunger strike. Their goal, according to a story posted at Payo Libre, is nothing less than the emptying of castro’s prisons of every prisoner of conscience.
I dare the world to look away as these brave men carry out their protest. If any of them were to die — and it is possible, considering how sick some of the protesters are — it would be an indictment of the world’s indifference to the truth about the castro dictatorship.
Read more about the hunger strike here.