Cuban Prison Hunger Striker Orlando Zapata Tamayo Dies
"His death marks the first time in 40 years a Cuban activist starved himself to death to protest against government abuses. Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience after his arrest in March, 2003 in a crackdown on opposition groups. He had been calling for the release of political prisoners. He died between 1530 and 1630 local time, on Tuesday, Efe news reports.
According to the paper, the last political prisoner to die on hunger strike in Cuba, was Pedro Luis Boitel, a poet and student leader, who died in 1972..."