Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cuban prisoner who died had resorted to hunger strikes before

Orlando Zapata Tamayo is shown above, center.

Orlando Zapata Tamayo, the hunger striker who died Tuesday, dedicated his life to the pro-democracy movement in Cuba.
He appears, in the background, in photos I took of dissidents in March 2003. At that time, he joined dissidents who were staging a hunger strike to try to pressure the socialist government to release prisoners. But then many of these protesters later wound up in jail themselves.
The story I wrote about the hunger strikers back then is here.
There are expressions of outrage and sadness over Zapata Tamayo's death throughout the blogosphere. These include Orlando Luis Pardo's wrenching tribute - no words, just page and page of solid black images.

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