MIAMI — Hundreds of supporters of an anti-Castro Cuban militant threatened with deportation called a general strike Thursday in the city's Little Havana section, and more people joined a hunger strike in his support.
Hundreds gathered for a noontime march and most businesses in the neighborhood participated in a three-hour work stoppage in the growing protest of the Justice Department's decision to deport Orlando Bosch.
The Justice Department last week announced it will deport Bosch because secret U.S. intelligence information implicates him in several bombings and assassination attempts during Fidel Castro's 30-year rule of Cuba. The Justice Department has said its requests that other countries expel terrorists will not be taken seriously if it grants asylum to Bosch.
The deportation order galvanized Bosch supporters, many of them Cuban exiles who consider the 62-year-old pediatrician a patriot. He has been in federal prison since he returned to the United States illegally in February, 1988.