(TELEGRAPH) — Barack Obama has condemned the Cuban regime following the death of political dissident Wilmar Villar after a 50-day prison hunger strike.

Villar, 31, died on Thursday in a prison in Santiago as he was protesting a four-year sentence for “contempt, resistance and assault” on the government.

The father-of-two was one of 60 political prisoners thought to be held by Cuba and is the second to die on a hunger strike in the last two years.

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