Cuban dissident José Daniel Ferrer beaten by prison guards during family visit, declares hunger strike

On hunger strike again

From our Bureau of Socialist Compassion and Social Justice with some assistance from our Bureau of Potentially Lethal Valiant Gestures

Once again, José Daniel Ferrer has decided to protest the treatment he and others are receiving in prison by going on a hunger strike.

This time he is not alone. At least two other imprisoned dissidents are also on hunger strike.

Ferrer was viciously beaten by prison guards while he was speaking with his wife and their 3-year-old son, both of whom had been granted a brief visit. The beating brought the visit to an abrupt end and he was immediately hauled away to a punishment cell.

The beating was a response to Ferrer’s demand that the guards return all the family letters they seized from his wife, who had brought them to him in late November. That visit was the first one granted to him in the past six months.

Socialism in action. Asking for the letters your family has written to you will get you a good thrashing and solitary confinement in abysmally inhumane conditions.

Ungrateful wretches and miscreants such as this man deserve death! See how nice and merciful socialism can be? Instead of getting shot right away — as he deserves — he just gets a beating and another stint in solitary confinement.

Loosely translated from CiberCuba

Political prisoner José Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, was beaten in the Mar Verde prison and has now declared a hunger strike.

Ana Belkis Ferrer García, sister of the political prisoner, denounced the beating on Facebook and warned that there are other members of UNPACU in prison who are on a hunger strike.

“During the family visit corresponding to Ferrer on December 9, 2022, Castro thugs from the Mar Verde prison attacked him in front of his wife Nelva Ismarays Ortega-Tamayo, Daniel José, their three-year-old son, and Fátima Victoria. Ferrer Cantillo”, said Ana Belkis.

The activist commented that Ferrer demanded the return of the family letters that prison officials seized from Nelva on November 30, when she had a conjugal visit after more than six months without this right being allowed.

“The head of the prison and other front men of the dictatorship physically assaulted him and took him back to the punishment cell where they have kept him for almost 16 months, while José Daniel told the family to put the food box back. because he was declaring himself on a hunger strike,” said Ana Belkis.

In her complaint, she explained that since last December 3, the political prisoners Eider Frómeta Allen and Isain López Luna have been on a hunger strike.

“We hold Raúl Castro and Miguel Díaz-Canel responsible for the physical and psychological integrity of the three brave defenders of Human Rights, as well as for their valuable and precious lives,” said Ana Belkis.

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