Hunger strike participants
After observing a hunger strike for over a week, Cuban opposition leaders secured the release of Jorge Vázquez Chaviano. Jorge had been incarcerated for the alleged crime of "illegal economic activity" and was due to be released on September 9, 2012. As often is the case, Cuban authorities extended his detention without any explanation.
Roots of Hope stands in solidarity with these leaders who placed their lives and well being on the line to secure Jorge's release. Through their selfless acts, these Cubans brought international scrutiny to Jorge's situation. We also recognize and thank all those around the world who promoted Jorge's cause. Every Facebook post, Tweet, or email sent helped spread the word about the Cuban reality and increase pressure on authorities to release Jorge.