2014-04-11T210722Z_1_CBREA3A1MQ200_RTROPTP_2_CUBA-USA-CONTRACTOR

U.S. government contractor jailed in Cuba ends hunger strike

Jailed USAID contractor Gross poses for picture during a visit at Havana's Carlos J Finlay Military HospitalA U.S. contractor imprisoned in Cuba ended a hunger strike on Friday after eight days of protesting his treatment by the Cuban and U.S. governments while serving a 15-year term for illegally attempting to establish Internet service on the island. “My protest fast is suspended as of today, although there will be further protests to come,” Alan Gross said in a statement. Gross was arrested in 2009 while trying to establish an online network for Jews in Havana as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It was his fifth trip to Cuba.

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