Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Youngest Cuba political prisoner on hunger strike

Dagni Pérez Rodríguez — at 18, reportedly the youngest political prisoner in Cuba — has started a hunger strike, according to Radio Martí.

Pérez, a member of the Central Opposition Coalition, started his protest March 19 after he was placed in a punishment cell at Pre-tensado prison in Villa Clara. He had earned the ire of his captors after he began shouting slogans in support of the Damas De Blanco, or "Ladies In White," which last week held a series of protest marches demanding the release of Cuban political prisoners.

Guards immediately grabbed Pérez, beat him and threw him in the prison's "hole."

Pérez has been imprisoned since March 5, when he was sentenced to 3 months in jail on a charge "damaging state property."

Sources- Radio Marti

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