U.S. State Department calls for release of hunger-striking Cuban dissident

Tomás Núñez Magdariaga

From our Bureau of Noble Futile Gestures:

Trump’s State Department has called on the Castro regime to release Tomás Núñez Magdariaga from prison immediately.

The Cuban dissident is beginning the 51st day of his hunger strike and is in critical condition, close to death.

Of course, as usual, hardly anyone outside the Cuban exile community  is paying attention to the plight of this dissident.

Will the Castronoids release Núñez ?

Let’s see what happens next.

From Granma Euro-Lite (Reuters)

The United States is “gravely concerned” about the health of a dissident in Cuba reported to have been on hunger strike for more than 50 days to protest against his imprisonment, it said on Thursday.

The U.S. State Department called for the release Tomás Núñez Magdariaga, a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), one of the island’s largest dissident groups.

He had been convicted on “false charges and convicted … in a sham trial”, it said.

UNPACU leader Jose Daniel Ferrer says Núñez was sentenced to a year in jail for allegedly making threats to a security agent – a charge the agent later recanted, according to Ferrer.

“We understand his health is in a critical state, and that the authorities have denied his family the opportunity to see him,” the State Department said in a statement.

The Cuban government has not commented publicly on the case and did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Havana considers all dissidents to be agents of the United States. It regularly detains them for a few hours or days, as part of what critics and human rights groups describe as a long-running campaign of harassment and repression.

In August, authorities accused Ferrer of attempting to run over a government official and arrested him but released him after 12 days.