MIAMI, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez says he has ended a hunger strike so he can join demonstrations in Cuba supporting Venezuela's pro-democracy movement.
Garcia Perez said ending his 11-day strike "corresponds to the historic circumstances that Cuba and Venezuela are living today," El Nuevo Herald reported Thursday.
Speaking by telephone to the Cuban Democratic Directorate in Miami, he said the dissident group he heads would begin four days of street protests Thursday to show support for Venezuelan students and others opposed to the rule of President Nicolas Maduro, an ally of the Cuban government.
Six people have died in several days of anti-Maduro protests in Venezuela.
Garcia Perez began his hunger strike to get Cuban officials to return computers, flash drives and phone books sized in searches of his home in central Cuba.