Cuba: Papal visit protestor continues on hunger strike

Andres Carrion Alvarez, the courageous Cuban human rights activist who jumped the barricades and shouted “down with communism” during a papal mass in Cuba in March, continues his hunger strike in protest of the incessant repression of Castro State Security since the incident.

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Amid Threats and Health Complications, Andres Carrion Continues Hunger Strike

Andrés Carrión Álvarez, the Cuban who shouted ‘Down with Communism’ during the papal mass in Santiago de Cuba this past March, and who is also a coordinator of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), is still on hunger strike, according to the national coordinator of the mentioned organization, Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia.  With his protest, Carrion demands the return of numerous belongings which were recently stolen from him by the political police.  He is also denouncing the increased level of repression against members of the internal Cuban opposition.  As of this Saturday, June 23rd 2012, the activist has been on hunger strike for 13 days and is already starting to suffer some serious health complications.

Carrion is feeling very bad.  It is the first hunger strike he carries out,” explains Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, “he is currently carrying out his protest from bed, he feels very weak, with very strong pains.  Relatives and members of UNPACU and other opposition groups are very worried about his health“.

Carrion Alvarez is carrying out his protest in the Vista Hermosa neighborhood, located on 5th Street, #6 in the city of Santiago de Cuba.  According to Ferrer Garcia, this location is the “headquarters of the Wilman Villar Mendoza cell, which is an extension of UNPACU“.

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