Former Cuban political prisoner Luis Enrique Santos Caballero evicted, humiliated and left homeless along with the rest of his family for political reasons in Cuba by State Security is slowly dying. Luis Enrique began a hunger strike on May 24, 2013 demanding housing for him and his family. His health was compromised to begin with, he has only one kidney.
Fifteen days into the hunger strike and his condition has rapidly deteriorated and his demands have not been met. His wife has engaged in public protests demanding that Luis Enrique's demands be met. Until now the agents of the dictatorship have responded to the demands raised in public actions only with repression.
In a world where the stability of countries can be shaken and governments overthrown by a vendor being mistreated in Tunisia, or the police engaging in violence against activists protesting the destruction of one of the last spots of green space in Istanbul setting off nation wide protests in Turkey, regime's especially autocratic ones like Cuba had better think long and hard about the acts of repression and humiliation they carry out. Any one of them can be the straw that broke the camel's back and usher in dramatic change.
Last night, June 7, 2013, Luis Enrique was transferred to a hospital and his condition was extremely fragile. Many fear for his life and are uncertain about his fate in the hands of regime officials.
Time is running out and Luis Enrique Santos Caballero risks suffering the fate of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Wilman Villar Mendoza, Pedro Luis Boitel, dying while defending dignity with his own body in a hunger strike.
Below is the latest report from Jorge Garcia Perez "Antunez" of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Civic Resistance Front on the status of Luis Enrique.