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Cuban Dissident Dead

CaribWorldNews, HAVANA, Cuba, Thurs. Feb. 26, 2010: A 42-year-old political prisoner who was on an eighty five day old hunger strike, is dead.

Leading Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata reportedly died in Havana`s Hermanos Ameijeiras hospital late Monday after he was transferred there from a smaller clinic near his prison in the eastern province of Camaguey.

He had been on a hunger strike to protest prison conditions that he blamed for his deteriorating health.

Zapata had been jailed there since 2003 and was deemed a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. He had been on a hunger strike to protest prison conditions.

In Miami, a Cuban exile group quoted his mother as saying authorities essentially killed her son in Havana. `They have done him in. My son`s death was a premeditated murder,` Reina Tamayo said in a statement released by the Cuban Democratic Directorate.