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Cuban dissident passes 1 week on hunger strike

Tuesday, September 18, 2012    

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HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Supporters of a prominent Cuban dissident who has spent the last week on a hunger strike say her condition is worsening.

While standing vigil at her Havana house, supporter Idania Yanez said Martha Beatriz Roque is in a "very delicate" condition.

Roque is a 67-year-old state-trained economist turned dissident leader. Among other things, she's demanding the government release a little-known opposition prisoner who she says was due to leave jail more than a week ago.

She has been joined in her protest by more than two dozen other dissidents around the country. Yesterday marked a week without food for the protesters. The government considers Roque and other dissidents common criminals.

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