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February 21, 2011 7:03 AM

Cuba braces for dissident Zapata Tamayo's anniversary

Orlando Zapata Tamayo was one of Cuba’s least-known political prisoners, a 42-year-old Afro-Cuban plumber and bricklayer from the remote eastern town of Banes. But when he died one year ago Wednesday at the end of an 83-day hunger strike, he became the face of the island’s dissidence. The anniversary of his death will be marked, on the island and abroad, by Castro critics as an example of the revolution’s human rights abuses and lack of concern for the life of a dissident.

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