Próspero Gaínza Agüero is the eighth Cuban political prisoner reported to have started a hunger strike, since the death last week of political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo. Gaínza started his protest on Feb. 24, one day after Zapata succumbed to the effects of an 82-day hunger strike, according to Radio Martí.
Gaínza, imprisoned since the "black spring" of 2003, is protesting Zapata's death and demanding better treatment for political prisoners. He is currently being held at the Cuba Sí prison in Holguín province in eastern Cuba.
A day after Gaínza, who is serving a 20-year sentence, started his hunger strike, guards arbitrarily searched his cell, ostensibly looking for clues as to who had distributed in in the prison written information about Zapata's death, according to the Radio Martí report.
The other prisoners reportedly on hunger strike, all in prisons in Pinar del Rio in western Cuba, are: