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    Opponents Accuse Castro Of Letting Guillermo Farinas Die On Hunger Strike

    Opponents Accuse Castro Of Letting Guillermo Farinas Die On Hunger
    Strike / 14ymedio

    EFE (via 14ymedio) – The Cuban National Congress (ENC), which consists
    of 65 opposition organizations inside and outside the island, said today
    of the dissident Guillermo Fariñas, 54, who is on a hunger strike, that
    if the Cuban government “lets him die” it will have committed
    “premeditated murder.”

    In a press conference in Miami to present the results of the ENC’s
    second meeting held in Puerto Rico last month, several members of the
    organization’s recently created Coordinating Board stressed that all
    their attention is focused on Fariñas, leader of the United
    Anti-Totalitarian Forum (FANTU), and they asked the international
    community to exert pressure to save his life.

    Fariñas, a resident of Santa Clara in central Cuba, has been on a hunger
    and thirst strike for 49 days to demand that Raul Castro’s government
    end its repression of peaceful dissent and open a dialog with the
    opposition, according to reports from other opposition members.

    “We need him alive for the future of Cuba,” Guillermo Toledo, ENC’s
    general coordinator for liaison representing Cuban exiles, said today.

    Toledo, who lives in Puerto Rico, as well as Ramon Saul Sanchez and
    Julio Shiling, also members of the ENC Coordinating Board, stressed that
    Fariñas’ state is “serious” and could become “critical” at any time.

    The Cuban government periodically gives Fariñas emergency rehydration
    treatment and returns him to his home a few hours later, opponents said.

    “Fariñas needs intensive care in a hospital,” Toleda said, adding that
    the fact of having to move him every time he loses consciousness amounts
    to “premeditated murder.”

    Given the situation, Alice Fariñas, daughter of the dissident, intends
    to launch an international “SOS” for her father on Friday.

    Source: Opponents Accuse Castro Of Letting Guillermo Farinas Die On
    Hunger Strike / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba –
    translatingcuba.com/opponents-accuse-castro-of-letting-guillermo-farinas-die-on-hunger-strike-14ymedio/

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