Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Cuban Martyr

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From his Wikipedia page, already updated:

Orlando Zapata Tamayo (? — February 23, 2010) was a Cuban mason, plumber, and democracy activist.[1]

He was a member of Movimiento Alternativa Republicana (“Alternative Republican Movement”) and Consejo Nacional de Resistencia Cívic (“National Civic Resistance Committee”).

He was once arrested for participating in a hunger strike organized by the Assembly to Promote a Civil Society in Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello‘s house.[1]

He was imprisoned on 20 March 2003 during the 2003 crackdown on dissidents. According to Amnesty International, he was charged with “desacato”, “desordenes publicos”, “public disorder”, and “desobediencia”. Amnesty International has recognized him as a prisoner of conscience.[2][1][3]

Orlando died February 23, 2010 in jail.

Here’s the entry from a 2007 Amnesty International report on Cuba:

At the end of the year, 69 prisoners of conscience continued to be held for their non-violent political views or activities. Twelve others continued to serve their sentences outside prison because of health concerns. No releases of prisoners of conscience were reported during the year.

• Orlando Zapata Tamayo was sentenced to three years in 2003 on charges of showing “contempt to the figure of Fidel Castro”, “public disorder” and “resistance”. In November 2005 he was reportedly sentenced to an additional 15 years for “contempt” and “resistance” in prison. In May 2006, he was again tried on the same charges and sentenced to an additional seven-year term. He was serving a prison sentence of 25 years and six months.

My condolences to his mother Reina Tamayo, his family and his friends.


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