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    Cuba Post-‘Normalization’ – Tortured Dissident Begins 24th Hunger Strike to Protest

    Cuba Post-‘Normalization’: Tortured Dissident Begins 24th Hunger Strike
    to Protest
    by FRANCES MARTEL21 Jul 20167

    Guillermo Fariñas, a Cuban human rights activist who has been a vocal
    critic of President Barack Obama’s concessions to dictator Raúl Castro,
    has declared himself on a hunger strike following a severe beating in
    which communist agents tortured him for hours for daring to inquire
    about the status of another dissident in custody.
    Fariñas has posted a video online describing the injuries he suffered
    this week at the hands of Castro’s police. Fariñas and a group of
    dissidents had walked to a police station to inquire about a dissident
    recently arrested: Carlos Amel Oliva, currently himself on a hunger strike.

    Fariñas notes that they did not assemble in protest; they made no public
    declarations against communism, held up no signs and brought no flyers
    to distribute urging dissent. He was nonetheless arrested and tortured,
    suffering two fractured ribs and speaking through a swollen, “black” tongue.

    In the video, he describes the methods of torture: Attempted
    asphyxiation, elbow blows to the ribs, and having his tongue pulled out
    until it turned purple. The police, he said, told him “it was important
    for me to know… they didn’t want me on the street anymore.”

    “He told me he was going to kill me and ‘viva Fidel,’” Fariñas adds,
    calling the torture “crimes against humanity.”

    Fariñas will not eat or drink water, he declares, until “Raúl Castro
    says publicly to everyone that there will be no more torture, no more
    beatings, no more death threats, no more false charges against
    opposition and arbitrary confiscation.” He confirms to the cameraman
    that he is willing to die in protest.

    Fariñas has also penned an open letter to Raúl Castro in which he
    asserts that a wave of “abuse, terror, and violence by the repressive
    authorities of your government” has escalated in the past 19 months,
    since President Obama announced his concessions to the Castro regime in
    December 2014.

    Fariñas, who in 2010 won the European Parliament’s Andrei Sakharov Prize
    for human rights advocacy and the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom from
    the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in 2015, has been an
    outspoken critic of President Obama. Following the initial announcement
    of the beginning of the “normalization” process in 2014, Fariñas said he
    felt “betrayed” by President Obama. “We live in daily fear that we will
    be killed by the fascist government. And now, the US – our ally – turns
    its back on us and prefers to sit with our killers,” he said.

    In October, Fariñas threatened a hunger strike, then reported this
    would-be 25th (in the video released this week, Fariñas clarified this
    ongoing one is his 24th). “They have changed for the worse because the
    repression has hardened,” he said of the Obama administration. If the
    Castro regime “crossed the line,” he would stop eating, he promised.

    Fariñas is currently forced to take eleven medications for life to delay
    the damage his previous hunger strikes have done on his body, and he
    cannot wear closed-toed shoes because his blood clots extremely easily
    following the strikes.

    Increased state repression and confiscation of salaries of those working
    for foreign corporations have driven the number of Cubans seeking refuge
    in the United States to quintuple in the last five years, with a notable
    spike following Obama’s diplomatic push.

    Source: Cuba Post-‘Normalization’: Tortured Dissident Begins 24th Hunger
    Strike to Protest – Breitbart –
    www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/07/21/cuban-dissident-begins-24th-hunger-strike/

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