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Saturday, July 9, 2011

ORLANDO ZAPATA: Cuban family to take hunger striker's ashes to US!

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A painting of Cuban Orlando Zapata, who died in February 2010 after an 85-day hunger strike - Wikimedia Commons.

Cuban authorities exhumed the remains of dissident Orlando Zapata, who died in February 2010 after an 85-day hunger strike, to allow his family to take his ashes to the United States, the family said Tuesday.
"We were finally we were able to exhume the remains... and now we travel to Havana to incinerate them," his mother Reina Tamayo said after the exhumation in Banes, some 840 kilometers (520 miles) east of Havana.
Zapata died at age 42, on the 85th day of a hunger strike demanding better prison conditions, in a case that drew global attention to the plight of political dissidents in Cuba.


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