HAVANA – Jailed Cuban dissident Jorge Cervantes ended his nearly month-long hunger strike after authorities told him that he will be freed as soon as he recovers from the effects of his fast, his mother told Efe on Monday.
“He ended the strike yesterday after 28 days when (the authorities) told him that he has to start eating before he will be released. He remains in the intensive care unit,” Alba Garcia said from Saturnino Lora Hospital in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.
Cervantes has been confined since May 29 for placing posters critical of the government in public places around the eastern municipality of Contramaestre, where he lives, and went on a hunger strike to demand his release.
At the time of his detention, the dissident was on parole, which was then revoked. He has been hospitalized since June 10.
According to Cervantes’ mother, the police told her son that “there will be no release until after recovering” from the effects of his 14th hunger strike.
“He’s very thin, he only weights 65 kilos (143 pounds). The thing is, Jorge is a very cunning guy, and he says that if they don’t give him his freedom after he recovers, he’ll go back on a hunger strike,” Alba Garcia said.
Last Sunday a group of Cuban ex-prisoners now living in exile in Spain gathered in front of the Cuban Embassy in Madrid to denounce Jorge Cervantes’ precarious state of health. EFE