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    On day 49 of hunger strike Cuban dissident says he’ll becomes martyr if demands aren’t met

    On day 49 of hunger strike Cuban dissident says he’ll becomes martyr if
    demands aren’t met
    Guillermo Franias wants growth of private sector
    By Hatzel Vela – Reporter
    Posted: 6:24 PM, September 07, 2016

    SANTA CLARA, CUBA – The Cuban exile community continues to pay close
    attention to Guillermo Franias, who is on day 49 of a hunger strike.

    The internationally-known Cuban dissident received the Zakharov Prize
    for Freedom in 2010 by the European Parliament.

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    “The government is apparently a tactic to actually assassinate, kill
    Guillermo Farinas,” Ramon Saul Sanchez said.

    Sanchez said the Cuban government does not allow Farinas to stay in the
    hospital as his health deteriorates.

    In an exclusive interview with Local 10 News from his home in Santa
    Clara, Cuba, Farinas, 54, said he wants the Castro government to stop
    repressing dissidents and entrepreneurs.

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said he spoke to Farinas a few days ago and
    stands with him.

    Rubio also sent President Barack Obama a letter urging him to get
    involved in this case:

    “I know you have met Mr. Farinas in the past. I would urge you to call
    him now and express your support for his courageous acts…hear firsthand
    his account of the deepening repression in Cuba…ask that you convey his
    demands to the Castro regime,” Rubio’s letter read n part.

    Farinas said the Cuban government is afraid of prosperity and the
    growing private sector.

    Since 2008, the Cuban government has made reforms and allowed more
    private businesses, which evidence is evident of in Santa Clara.

    But critics believe the process has been slow.

    Farinas said two things can happen: either Castro accepts his demands or
    he dies and becomes a martyr.

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