Nine Cuban protesters holed up in a Havana home for 36 days are now taking part in a liquids-only fast.
Protester Lazaro Yuri Valle Roca told CNN Friday after beginning the fast this week, a doctor urged one protester engaged in a full hunger strike to begin consuming fluids.
Valle Roca said despite the doctor’s recommendations, the protesters remain committed to calling for increased rights for citizens of the Communist island nation.
“We remain firm in our decision and our disposition is to go forward,” he said.
Ann Louise Bardach, author of “Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana and Washington,” said the protesters represent a new generation of dissidents putting their lives on the line for freedom.
“They’re doing something quite risky,” Bardach told CNN. “They can all go to jail now for a long time.”
“Here they are, some of them the sons and daughters of leading Cuban revolutionaries,” she said. “These are really the children of the first guard.”
The dissidents have been staying inside Vladimiro Roca’s house since October 9. They call themselves “plantados,” planted ones, because they are holding a type of sit-in at the house.
Cuban authorities have set up a perimeter several blocks from the house and do not allow anyone who does not live in the neighborhood to enter, Valle Roca said.
Authorities have not allowed food or medicine into the house, the dissident said.