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    Angel Santiesteban Completes 10th Day on Hunger Strike. Report.

    Angel Santiesteban Completes 10th Day on Hunger Strike. Report. / Angel
    Posted on April 18, 2013

    Yesterday, April 16, 2013, the attorney Amelia Rodríguez Cala
    interviewed Angel in Prison 1580.

    Angel has been removed from the punishment cell but remains under very
    severe conditions and maintains his hunger strike until they respect his
    rights as a citizen and as a prisoner — whatever happens. He is unjustly
    imprisoned after a trial fabricated by State Security with the only
    purpose of silencing and discrediting him as a person and as the great
    writer he is.

    Angel has lost a great deal of weight and today completed day ten
    without eating or drinking. We fear for his health and his life.

    From here we hold Raul Castro responsible for everything that happens
    to Angel and we demand he be returned to La Lima prison from where —
    although he shouldn’t be there serving any sentence at all — he should
    not have been removed against his will and violently.

    Every day that Angel is made to pay in the miserable Castro prisons for
    crimes he never committed, having proved his innocence ad infinitum,
    will be one more day that the dictatorship demonstrates to the world how
    it lies about the situation on the Island, and another day that the
    media learns about how it has misled them about the living conditions
    within the Castros’ prisons — and of course in the whole Island.

    The living conditions in Cuba are miserable and freedom isn’t even a
    memory; repression and violence on the part of State Security is our
    daily bread; the acts of repudiation are the expression of how they
    manipulate the people to punish the dissidence; the media are mere
    channels of propaganda; every day more Cubans risk their lives to escape
    from this island, not wanting to imagine what life is like in the Castro
    prisons, true concentration camps where they are not human beings, only
    objects, objectified bodies whom they constantly humiliate, deprive of
    all rights, and force to live in subhuman conditions and all this in the
    name of the “humanist” Revolution that the Castro dynasty has ruled over
    for 54 years.

    We demand that Angel be returned to La Lima Prison immediately and that
    they guarantee ALL his rights.

    We hold Raul Castro Ruz directly responsible, for Angel’s safety and
    integrity and reiterate that the same justice and the same rights that
    we demand for Angel we demand for all the prisoners in Cuba. And so, one
    more time, we demand the release of ALL THE POLITICAL PRISONERS.

    We remember, Mr. Raul Castro, that when you assumed the presidency of
    CELAC you promised that you would act “with total fidelity to
    international law, the Charter of the United nations and the fundamental
    principles that govern relations between countries.” During your speech
    of January 28, 2013, you also said, “We reject interference, the threat
    and use of force, and dedicate ourselves to dialog.” What happened to
    your promises? You should be ashamed and you should behave in
    conformance with the commitment you yourself assumed.

    The Editor, in the name of Angel’s family and friends.

    17 April 2013

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