Angel Santiesteban on Hunger Strike

The writer Ángel Santiesteban has declared a hunger strike and has been confined to a punishment cell

Sunday, the authorities took him “by force” from La Lima prison, one of the prisons that was preparing to receive a visit from Cuban and foreign journalists.

“He wanted to see the journalists and tell them about his case,” the activist Antonio Rodiles said.

Santiesteban is now in Prison 1580, San Migeul de Padron, incommunicado in a punishment cell.

The guards told his attorney, Amelia Rodriguez Cala, that the writer was on “voluntary starvation” and refused to let her meet with him.

Santiesteban, condemned to five years in prison after a trial without legal guarantees, could be suffering from skin cancer, according to the doctors caring for him.

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11 April 2013