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    Activist Abandons Hunger Strike After Promise Of Not Being Deported To His Home Province

    Activist Abandons Hunger Strike After Promise Of Not Being Deported To
    His Home Province / 14ymedio

    14ymedio, Havana, 10 January 2017 — Vladimir Martín Castellanos, a
    member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), abandoned his hunger
    strike this Monday after the authorities promised that he would not be
    deported from Las Tunas to Santiago de Cuba, as confirmed by the
    Castellanos himself to 14ymedio.

    The activist remained 32 days without food in his fight to register
    himself in the civil registry of Puerto Padre where his wife, Ileana
    Marrero, resides. Beforehand and on various occasions, the Security of
    State intercepted him when he attempted to register.

    On Monday, an officer who identified himself as Captain Miguelito,
    visited Castellanos’ wife and promised her he would be allowed to reside
    in the municipality. Upon hearing the news, Castellanos decided to end
    his hunger strike.

    “I feel very weak and began drinking soup” to regain strength, he
    commented to this newspaper. “I would like to continue my fight and stay
    with the Unpacu,” explained the activist.

    Martín Castellanos, 53, believes that “the authorities will follow
    through” this time, but notes that they did not provide him an official
    document confirming the decision. A family member of the activist is
    arranging tickets to “travel early tomorrow toward Puerto Padre.”

    Translated by Chavely Garcia

    Source: Activist Abandons Hunger Strike After Promise Of Not Being
    Deported To His Home Province / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba –
    translatingcuba.com/activist-abandons-hunger-strike-after-promise-of-not-being-deported-to-his-home-province-14ymedio/

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