The hunger strike has been employed as a form of protest worldwide and Latin America hasn't been an exception. Figures like Bolivian president Evo Morales and Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas have brought attention to their respective causes by fasting.
Today marks the 83rd day of a hunger strike by Mexican engineer Cayetano Cabrera Esteva who was laid off after last October's government seizure of Luz y Fuerza del Centro. Doctors monitoring Cabrera's condition warned that his life is at serious risk and some of his supporters have even urged him to give up fasting. As one Mexican blogger noted, however, Cabrera told an interviewer that he wants to "give my life for my comrades in resistance, as long as we get back our work and respect for our rights".
The following is a video news report from Mexico's El Universal. Decide for yourself if his protest is a noble gesture or an exercise in futility:
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