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    Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas receiving fluids intravenously

    Posted on Tuesday, 03.16.10
    Cuban Guillermo Fariñas receiving fluids intravenously

    Dissident Guillermo Fariñas remained in a Cuban Monday in what
    one activist called a “milimetric'' government concession
    to his hunger strike.

    Fariñas was stable but weak and suffering from severe headaches at the
    intensive care unit of the Arnaldo Milan Castro hospital in his hometown
    of Santa Clara, said his mother, Alicia Hernandez.

    He is receiving fluids intravenously but continues to refuse to eat or
    drink, Hernandez said by telephone from the hospital.

    Fariñas was hospitalized when he fainted Thursday, on the 16th day of
    his protest to demand the Cuban government release about two dozen
    political prisoners reported with serious problems.

    He also lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital on March 3,
    but at that time doctors hydrated him with intravenous fluids, declared
    him stable the same day and refused to admit him.

    His current stay in the hospital means the government “made a
    millimetric concession'' from its previous “very dangerous'' position
    of rehydrating Fariñas and sending him home, said Havana human rights
    activist Elizardo Sánchez.

    A group of bloggers, writers and artists from Cuba and other countries
    meanwhile launched an online letter, titled “ Tamayo: I
    accuse the Cuban government,'' to demand the immediate release of all
    political prisoners.

    , 42, a who was serving sentences totaling
    about 36 years, died Feb. 23 after an 83-day hunger strike. Fariñas
    launched his protest one day later. There are nearly 5,000 signers of
    the letter, which can be found at at http://orlandozapata .

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