Press release: Cuban activist detained for 11J protest declares hunger strike demanding medical attention

Press release

Cuban activist detained for 11J protest declares hunger strike demanding medical attention

Contact: John Suarez (612) -367-6845

Demis Valdés Sarduy

Center for a Free Cuba. Washington, D.C., December 21, 2021. The life of activist Demis Valdés Sarduy is in danger. He started a hunger strike over a week ago demanding medical attention.

“Valdés Sarduy suffers from a narrow urethra and has a pacemaker that had to be reprogrammed long before going to prison, but this has not been the case. By way of protest, he went on a hunger strike that has weakened him to such an extent that at the oral hearing he fainted and officials removed him from the room for an hour. The lawyer requested a change of measure but there is no response to it, ”explained from Cuba Librado Linares García, leader of the Cuban Reflection Movement, adding that the activist is prevented from speaking by phone with his wife.

Demis Valdés participated in the protests of July 11, 2021 in Placetas. Villa Clara, and was arrested a week later, on July 18 at the Placetas Hospital, where he was with his sick son. The operation included a score of political police operatives and he was transferred to La Pendiente Prison where he was held incommunicado from his wife and other relatives.

The oral hearing of the trial of the defendants for the 11J protests took place on December 15, 16 and 17 in the city of Placetas.

Center for a Free Cuba calls on international public opinion, especially human rights organizations and free governments around the world, to intercede with the Havana regime for the life of Valdés Sarduy and to provide him with medical assistance.

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