HAVANA (AP) -- A leading human rights activist says a Cuban
prisoner who launched a hunger strike because he was not part of a
large prison amnesty has died of an apparent heart attack.
Rights activist Elizardo Sanchez said Monday that Rene Cobas
died Sunday in the Boniato prison near the western city of
Santiago. Sanchez says Cobas was a common criminal and not jailed
for political reasons.
Sanchez says Cobas and about 20 other prison inmates launched a
hunger strike after learning they were not part of a massive
amnesty announced by President Raul Castro on Dec. 23. He says
Cobas died after exhibiting symptoms of a heart attack for two
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