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    FANTU Activists Ask Obama to “Save the Life” of Guillermo Farinas

    FANTU Activists Ask Obama to “Save the Life” of Guillermo Farinas / 14ymedio

    14ymedio, Havana, 21 August 2016 — A group of activists from the
    Anti-Totalitarian Forum (FANTU) have sent an open letter to President
    Barack Obama, asking him to “save the life of Guillermo Fariñas
    Hernández” who, as of Sunday, has been on a hunger strike for 32 days.
    The missive is addressed to the leader as “president of the country
    which is a beacon of human rights in the world.”

    Seven members of the opposition organization which is led by Fariñas,
    winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of
    Thought, are asking Obama to “use his political wisdom to take any
    action” that would avoid the death of the dissident. However, they
    clarify that the letter is not asking the US president to do “something
    tied to politics.”

    The opponents explain that “Fariñas Hernández’s strike is against
    violence, he has not called for the overthrow of the
    government.” Instead of them, with his prolonged fasting the activist
    from Santa Clara is demanding “the end to the oppression by some against
    others because of the way they think or how they choose to honestly
    obtain their income.”

    Which, according to the signers, “is not to risk a life on a hunger
    strike, because it is the very essence of the democratic governments of
    all countries in the world.”

    Guillermo Fariñas has been very critical of the process of normalization
    of relations between the governments of Cuba and the United States that
    began during the administration of Barack Obama.

    Since December 17, 2014, when the diplomatic thaw was publicly
    announced, Fariñas has labeled the actions of the US president as a
    betrayal of Cuban dissidents.

    Source: FANTU Activists Ask Obama to “Save the Life” of Guillermo
    Farinas / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba –

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