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June 4, 1999
HUNGER STRIKE IN SANTIAGO IN SOLIDARITY WITH HUNGER STRIKERS IN HAVANA By Ricardo González Alfonso, Cuba Free Press.
HAVANA - Members of 14 peaceful groups protesting government actions began a 48-hour hunger strikes in Santiago today to show solidarity with hunger strikers in Havana.
The Santiago dissidents will take only drinking water during 48 hours. The different organizations' members will be on rotation until they reach the 40 days of abstinence proposed by the hunger strikers in Havana, according to Santiago Santana from the Eastern Free Press Agency (Agencia de Prensa Libre Oriental, APLO).
Santana said each group's members will engage in their peaceful protest at their respective sites. On June 7, the Club of Prisoners and Former Political Prisoners began their fast. They will later be replaced by members of the Pedro Luis Boitel, the Pro Human Rights Movement; Fatherland, Independence and Liberty (Patria, Independencia, and Libertad PLI), the Santiago Independent Medical College (Colegio Medico Independiente de Santiago de Cuba), the Eastern Front Movement (Movimiento Frente Oriental), the Feminist Forum (Foro Feminista), the Democratic Solidarity Party (el Partido Solidaridad Democratica), the Movement of Followers of Eduardo Chibás (Movimiento Seguidores de Eduardo Chibás), the Cuban Orthodox Renovation Movement (Movimiento Cubano de Renovación Ortodoxa), the Cuban Liberal Party (Partido Liberal Cubano), and others not named by the information source.
The hunger strike - which started in Havana - consists of ingesting a liquid and vitamin diet for 40 days, and its goal is to influence the government to release all political prisoners and start respecting human rights.
Ricardo González Alfonso, Cuba Free Press.
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