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    Activists Arrested for Approaching the Pope on Hunger Strike

    Activists Arrested for Approaching the Pope on Hunger Strike / 14ymedio
    Posted on September 24, 2015

    14ymedio, 24 September 2015 — The three activists of the Patriotic Union
    of Cuba (UNPACU) arrested on Sunday during Pope Francis’s Mass Francisco
    in the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana remain on hunger strike,
    according to a Thursday statement from UNPACU.
    The regime opponents, who were arrested as they approached the Pope to
    denounce the situation of human rights in Cuba, are being held at the
    police station known as 100 y Aldabó in the capital.

    “From the day of their arrest, Zacchaeus Baez, Maria Josefa Acón and
    Ismael Bonet have been on a hunger strike,” the statement says, adding:
    “As of yesterday the decided that it would also be a thirst strike.” The
    activists, according to the statement, “belong to the UNPACU Felix
    Varela Cell in Calabazar” and Ancon is also a member of the Ladies in White.

    The opposition group has begun “a campaign in support of the three
    detainees,” according to its leader, Jose Daniel Ferrer. The first
    actions are aimed at “informing the public through disks and printed
    matter about the action in the Square.” The former political prisoner
    says that the organization is posting notices “on poles, walls and other
    sites with photos of the three and explanations of what they did.”

    Under the theme of “The three who reached the Pope” UNPACU has also
    organized marches in the east of the country, in Camagüey, Havana and
    Pinar del Río. The statement warns that, “if they are not released, the
    next step in solidarity with the three could be a mass hunger strike in
    public places.”

    Source: Activists Arrested for Approaching the Pope on Hunger Strike /
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