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    U.S. worried about hunger-striking Cuban dissidents – State Department

    U.S. worried about hunger-striking Cuban dissidents: State Department
    July 29, 2016

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is concerned about the physical
    well-being of hunger-striking activists in Cuba and is closely watching
    their situation, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

    “We stand in solidarity with those who advocate for human rights and
    fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression and the right to
    peaceful assembly,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told a briefing.

    “We have raised our concerns directly with the Cuban government, both in
    Washington and Havana,” he added.

    Kirby said Washington was particularly concerned about the health of
    dissidents Carlos Amel Oliva, who leads the youth wing of a Cuban
    dissident group, and Guillermo Farinas.

    Farinas began a hunger strike earlier this month calling, for Raul
    Castro’s government to end torture and human rights abuses. He was taken
    to Arnaldo Milian Castro Hospital in the city of Santa Clara on Thursday
    after becoming extremely weak and fainting eight days into the strike,
    The Miami Herald reported.

    Farinas and about 20 other rights activists are on hunger-strike in Cuba.

    (Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by
    Sandra Maler)

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