FL Cuban Prisoner

By: Associated Prisoner Email
By: Associated Prisoner Email


Cuban exile and journalism watchdog groups are seeking the release of 22 Cuban political prisoners, including one who recently sewed his lips shut to protest his treatment.

The wife of a fellow prisoner told other dissidents and the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists that independent journalist Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta sewed his own lips together in mid July. The CPJ said Friday the Cuban government considers the 42-year-old a counter-revolutionary in the services of the U.S.

Herrera is serving a 20 year sentence and is among 22 independent journalists held since 2003.

HIS hunger strike started July 12 and ended around July 30 when he was taken to a prison hospital. It was unclear when or how the stitches were removed.

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