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    Cuban dissident hospitalized after eight days on hunger strike

    Cuban dissident hospitalized after eight days on hunger strike
    BY LUZ ESCOBAR
    14ymedio

    Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, leader of the Antitotalitario Front
    (Fantu), was taken Thursday to Arnaldo Milian Castro Hospital in the
    city of Santa Clara after growing extremely weak from a hunger strike
    that has stretched for eight days.

    Cuban activist Jorge Luis Artiles said that shortly after noon, Fariñas
    lost consciousness and went into a state of shock, fainting and not
    responding. Fariñas was treated in an observation room at the hospital,
    where he got an electrocardiogram and had his vital signs checked.

    In just over a week, Fariñas has lost about 26 pounds and his blood
    pressure has dropped significantly. Outside the hospital, where he is
    now with his mother Alicia Hernández Cabezas, a group of Fantu activists
    is monitoring the situation.

    Fariñas, who is recipient of the European Parliament 2010 Sakharov Prize
    for Freedom of Thought, is protesting the repression, raids and
    confiscations endured by Cuba’s “non-violent” dissident groups and he is
    calling for a commitment by the Cuban government to stop those acts.

    On Wednesday, the coordinator of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU),
    José Daniel Ferrer, said in Miami that about 280 activists throughout
    the island had mobilized to support Fariñas and 20 other human rights
    activists currently on hunger strike in Cuba, incluing Carlos Amel
    Oliva, youth leader of the UNPACU, who has been on a hunger strike for
    two weeks. He also reported that during the day about 80 activists were
    detained but “continued fasting in the police stations.”

    Ferrer and other Cuban personalities like Ivan Hernández Carrillo
    gathered in Miami on Wednesday to support the Cuban strikers. The
    protesters —about 60 people— rallied and fasted outside the Versailles
    restaurant in Miami demanding an end to the dictatorship in Cuba.

    Source: Cuban dissident hospitalized after eight days on hunger strike |
    In Cuba Today – www.incubatoday.com/news/article92403042.html

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