Orlando Zapata Tamayo protest delays release

Written by Staff Writer An unusual police station was raised over the front gate of activist Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s home and blockaded on Monday afternoon — interrupting his work and personal days — as…

Orlando Zapata Tamayo protest delays release

Written by Staff Writer

An unusual police station was raised over the front gate of activist Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s home and blockaded on Monday afternoon — interrupting his work and personal days — as hundreds of demonstrators protested against his recent arrest, according to ABC News.

Tamayo’s application for freedom was approved by a judge on Monday, but a month-long hunger strike led by the 59-year-old activist is preventing his release. He is the latest in a series of jailed rights activists who have defied a crackdown in Cuba.

Cuba’s security services are also watching closely as President Miguel Diaz-Canel readies to deliver a long-awaited speech on Wednesday that could be his last to the nation as head of state. The speech will be watched closely by the public after his appointment in April caused deep rifts in the official regime.

While he has not officially taken over the reins of power — that role remains in the hands of President Raul Castro, 85 — many people in Cuba have taken to online forums to speculate that this week will mark the end of a generation long associated with hardline communism.

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