Cuban dissidents demonstrating outside their country’s embassy in Madrid have called for the release of political prisoners back home.
The gathering was also in memory of the jailed Cuban protester, Orlando Zapata Tamayo who died last month after an 85-day hunger strike.
The rally was one of several stretching from Los Angeles in the US to Spain in support of the families of dissidents being held in Havana prisons.
One demonstrator said: “Cubans are having to choose between a horrible end and the horrors without end. They are sacrificing themselves with the only weapon they have, their physical space, their body, their life.”
Both the US and Europe have condemned the Cuban government for its handling of another hunger striker, Guillermo Farinas. He is now seriously ill after refusing food since February 24.
He is calling for the release of 26 ailing political prisoners.