Havana, Cuba, 19 August 2013, Augusto César San Martín Albistur/ www.cubanet.org.- On a phone call this morning, from the Combinado del Este prison, political prisoner Ramón Alejandro Muñoz González declared that as of August 26 he would restart his hunger strike.
Ramón says that after writing letters to different government departments about his undefined legal situation, and receiving no replies, he has chosen to go on a hunger strike. He demands legal status through a trial or immediate release.
“I have been in prison for one year and five months without a trial, Muñoz commented. “Our imprisonment [his and his wife’s] is against established law. Or is it that people who think differently don’t exist in the law?” he added.
He explained his choice of 26 August because he wants to have final contact with his family who should be informed of the step and the objectives of the strike.
Ramón Alejandro said he had met with the director of the prison and he confirmed the legal limbo in which he finds himself.
The political prisoner was arrested in 18 March 2012, along with his wife, Lady in White Sonia Garro. Both are in a legally undefined status, first accused of “terrorism,” and some months later of “accessory to murder.”
Muñoz was arrested while blandishing a machete as a symbol of freedom on the roof of his half-built house. From there he was taken by the special police forces.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Augusto Cesar San Martin was born on April 20, 1967 in Havana. He was assigned to the Interior Ministry and studied Criminal Sciences at the Institute Martinez Brothers, where he graduated. Due to disagreements with the military, he asked to be permanently separated from that body, a request that was denied for one year. At that time he contacted the peaceful opposition and was imprisoned in 1994. He was declared a prisoner of conscience in 1996 and on his release from prison worked with the Cuba Press agency between 1997-1999. In 2006 he founded the José Lezama Lima Information Center.
19 August 2013