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Cuban Dissidents Protest In Spain On Anniversary Of Death Of One Of Their Own

Cuban dissidents in Spain hold a banner reading: "Cuba democracy now!" during a rally outside the Cuban Embassy in Madrid Saturday Feb. 26, 2011. The protest marks the first anniversary of the death of Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata who died in Cuba after long hunger strike. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Cuban dissidents in Spain hold a banner reading: "Cuba democracy now!" during a rally outside the Cuban Embassy in Madrid Saturday Feb. 26, 2011. The protest marks the first anniversary of the death of Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata who died in Cuba after long hunger strike. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Protesting in memory of a hunger striker who made the ultimate sacrifice, around 50 anti-Castro protesters rallied outside the Cuban embassy in Madrid to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of the Cuban dissident.

The political exiles gathered behind a banner reading, "Cuba, democracy now!" and held aloft photographs of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died on Feb. 23, 2010, following an 83-day hunger strike.

In the absence of any reaction from within the embassy the protesters shouted at the building's security cameras.

"You've still got time to quit," bellowed protest leader Yuniel Jacomino Martinez at the unseen diplomatic staff inside. He said Saturday that a similar rally was also being held outside the Cuban consulate in the northeastern port city of Barcelona.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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