June 8, 2011
AP, Miami Herald
HAVANA -- (AP) The remains of a Cuban dissident who died following an 83-day hunger strike have been exhumed for cremation.
Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s mother intends to take the ashes with her this week to the United States, which granted her political refuge.
Reina Luisa Tamayo says relatives and some dissidents were at a cemetery in the eastern city of Banes when her son’s remains were dug up. She is accompanying them to Havana for cremation.
She told The Associated Press on Tuesday that “this is all very hard.”
Tamayo and 12 other relatives plan to fly to Florida on Thursday.
Orlando Zapata Tamayo died February 23, 2010.
Cuba considers its small community of dissidents to be U.S.-backed mercenaries out to destabilize the country.