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    The “Fariñas Amendment” does not exist, clarifies a European Parliament group

    The “Fariñas Amendment” does not exist, clarifies a European Parliament
    group
    DDC | Madrid | 15 de Septiembre de 2016 – 09:18 CEST.

    The alleged “Fariñas Amendment,” which, it was claimed, ratified the
    demands of the Cuban Sakharov Prize winner and spurred him to abandon
    his hunger strike “does not exist,” said the Alliance of Liberals and
    Democrats for Europe (ALDE), an EU Parliament group.

    “Unfortunately, the news about an amendment voted on yesterday (Monday)
    by the European Parliament is completely false,” said Lucian Goleanu,
    with said political group’s press team, as quoted by Miami’s El Nuevo
    Herald.

    Goleanu also denied that Alexander Lambsdorff, an ALDE MEP and
    vice-president of the European Parliament (EP) had submitted such an
    amendment, “so there is no document at all in connection to this,” he said.

    “We are aware that the information was spread by a page purporting to
    represent the Information Office of the European Parliament in Spain,”
    added Goleanu.

    On Tuesday DIARIO DE CUBA contacted the EP Information Office in Spain,
    where a press officer confirmed that the page that had published the
    story about the amendment’s approval was “false.”

    That page, from the WordPress platform, was no longer available on
    Wednesday.

    Fariñas attributed the false page to a maneuver by the Cuban Government
    to get him to abandon his strike.

    “The Cuban Government created a fake page … to force a decision.
    Unfortunately we only found out later, ” he told El Nuevo Herald. “That
    is part of the regime’s essence. They are incapable of debate. They have
    to deceive people,” he added.

    However, Fariñas stated that the amendment in question is actually going
    to be presented in the future. He explained that EP President Martin
    Schulz invited him to meet with all the political blocs, and has
    proposed his appointment as a “valid interlocutor” with regards to the
    issue of human rights in Cuba, which “undoubtedly is a status given the
    [Cuban] opposition within the European Parliament.”

    During Fariñas’s strike, which lasted 54 days, his organization, the
    Foro Antitotalitario Unido (FANTU), condemned the release of various
    false stories.

    The episode of the alleged amendment “must inevitably be related to the
    discreditation campaign being carried out by the Cuban Government
    against the dissident, as part of its commitment to misinforming the
    people of Cuba and the international community,” said the Cuban American
    National Foundation (CANF) in a statement.

    Source: The “Fariñas Amendment” does not exist, clarifies a European
    Parliament group | Diario de Cuba –
    www.diariodecuba.com/derechos-humanos/1473923895_25323.html

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