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    Vladimir Morera Bacallao Ends Hunger Strike

    Vladimir Morera Bacallao Ends Hunger Strike / 14ymedio
    Posted on January 4, 2016

    14ymedio, Havana, 4 January 2016 – Government opponent Vladimir Bacallao
    Morera has ended his hunger strike, having begun to eat on 30 December,
    according to information received by 14ymedio from Librado Linares. The
    prisoner spent more than 80 days without eating to demand his release,
    after being condemned to four years imprisonment for the alleged crime
    of “injuries.”

    “Last Wednesday they began to give him a serum, and this altered his
    consciousness and made him lose his will, and they began supplying
    food,” said Linares. Linares, the leader of the Cuban Reflection
    Movement (MCR), has not been able to visit the patient in the
    intermediate care unit at the Arnaldo Milian Provincial Hospital in
    Santa Clara, where he continues to be confined, be he spoke on repeated
    occasions with his family.

    Morera Bacallao weighed less than 95 pounds as a result of the hunger
    strike demanding the annulment of his sentence. At present, according to
    reports from his family is in a state of physical recovery, and is
    “digesting well what he eats,” said Linares.

    The opponent has put a sign on the facade of his house during the April
    1915 People’s Power elections where he proclaimed, “I vote for my
    freedom and not in some elections where I cannot elect my president.”

    The text unleashed the fury among the government rulers of the town of
    Manicaragua. In the midst of an act of repudiation against him the
    second secretary of the Communist Party in the municipality, Ivis
    Herrera, he fell after slipping on melted asphalt that had been thrown
    at the Bacallao Morera’s home. In the fall Herrera suffered a blow to
    the head that is the center of the allegations against Bacallao Morera.

    This was the second time that the dissident declared a hunger strike
    after entering prison. During the first 40 days he remained without
    food, until officials promised to review his case. On 9 October he
    resumed fasting, and continued until the end of the year. To date, it is
    not known whether the decision to stops the hunger strike has been
    accompanied by a new commitment on the part of prison authorities to
    ease or overturn his conviction.

    On Tuesday, the United States asked Havana to release the dissident
    given the deterioration of his health. US State Department spokesman
    Mark Toner told journalists that Washington was “deeply concerned” about
    Morera Bacallao deteriorating health, and called “urgently” for him to
    be freed from prison.

    Source: Vladimir Morera Bacallao Ends Hunger Strike / 14ymedio |
    Translating Cuba –
    translatingcuba.com/vladimir-morera-bacallao-ends-hunger-strike-14ymedio/

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