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    Cuban hunger striker says he is near death

    Cuban hunger striker says he is near death
    Cuban hunger striker says he is near death | Top News | Reuters

    Mon Jul 5, 2010 8:17pm EDT
    By Jeff Franks

    HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban hunger striker Guillermo Farinas said in a statement posted on the Internet on Monday that he is near death and that Fidel and Raul Castro will be to blame if he dies.

    His comments followed a report in the Communist Party newspaper Granma on Saturday that Farinas, who has refused to eat for 131 days, was in danger of dying from a blood clot in his neck and that further medical treatment may be difficult.

    "I am conscious of my nearing death and I consider it an honor because I am trying to save the lives of 25 political prisoners and (prisoners) of conscience that the homeland needs as leaders," said Farinas.

    The 48-year-old psychologist is demanding the release of 25 jailed government opponents said to be in poor health.

    His case is the latest dissident protest in Cuba to capture international attention. The February 23 death of another hunger striker, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, drew condemnation from the United States and Europe.
    First some background about Guillermo Fariñas. He is a 48 years old mestizo (mix race), married and father of daughter, that used to believe in Fidel Castro’s revolution. He risked his live fighting in Angola during the 1980s. He was a militant of the Union of Young Communists and member of Castro’s elite troops, but in 1989 when General Arnaldo Ochoa was shot, accused of drug trafficking, Fariñas began to have second thoughts.

    Fariñas has a degree in psychology and performed as a teacher, joining the dissident movement in 1997, and became an independent journalist. He said: “I am a firm believer that when the government sees that the result of the hunger strikes is dissidents dying like flies; they will sit down and negotiate. These strikes are our weapons of pressure, we have nothing else.”

    The probability of Fariñas’ death is practically certain, but his sacrifice will not be in vain. A great number of people in the world by now know about him and are aware of his cause. His hunger strike has forced the dictatorship to recognize that the incarceration of a large number of political prisoners is no longer feasible.

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    Re: Cuban hunger striker says he is near death

    i really don't think suicide is a good protest method.
    So follow me into the desert
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    Where the moon is glued to a picture of heaven
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    Re: Cuban hunger striker says he is near death

    I believe it's as dumb as it gets to kill yoorself if you don't het what you want. It's the classic example of stupidity. Once your dead you can't fight for what you want and since it just about never works why do it.

    Live to fight another day. Van anyone remember the name of anyone who was successful with a hunger strike? I can't.

    Once the protest id over the cause fades away.


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    Re: Cuban hunger striker says he is near death

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Live to fight another day. Van anyone remember the name of anyone who was successful with a hunger strike? I can't.
    a couple of irish people, gandhi, but the trick is, they didn't tharve themselves to death, they got fed eventually
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    Re: Cuban hunger striker says he is near death

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    i really don't think suicide is a good protest method.
    Fariñas and other Cuban dissidents are risking their lives for the freedom of their country; for the basic human rights of free speech, free press and freedom of assembly. Their unselfish sacrifice will accelerate the transition to democracy on the island.

    Let´s not forget Fariñas has been offered asylum to leave the country several times, but he has been steadfast in continue with the hunger strike seeking the release of 26 political prisoners in poor health, choosing to stay in Cuba. He has said: “I’m going to accept this challenge until the final consequence. I would like to live, if my conscience allows me to do so, when I’m sure that nobody else is going to die.”

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    Re: Cuban hunger striker says he is near death

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    First some background about Guillermo Fariñas. He is a 48 years old mestizo (mix race), married and father of daughter, that used to believe in Fidel Castro’s revolution. He risked his live fighting in Angola during the 1980s. He was a militant of the Union of Young Communists and member of Castro’s elite troops, but in 1989 when General Arnaldo Ochoa was shot, accused of drug trafficking, Fariñas began to have second thoughts.

    Fariñas has a degree in psychology and performed as a teacher, joining the dissident movement in 1997, and became an independent journalist. He said: “I am a firm believer that when the government sees that the result of the hunger strikes is dissidents dying like flies; they will sit down and negotiate. These strikes are our weapons of pressure, we have nothing else.”

    The probability of Fariñas’ death is practically certain, but his sacrifice will not be in vain. A great number of people in the world by now know about him and are aware of his cause. His hunger strike has forced the dictatorship to recognize that the incarceration of a large number of political prisoners is no longer feasible.
    What a ****ing retard. He has no one to blame for his suicide attempt but himself. No president, dictator, prime minister, King/Queen or who ever the hell else is not ever going to give in to such idiotic suicidal attempts. Castro is going to laugh his ass off just as anyone should when they try to use emotional blackmail as though someone in power actually cares.
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    Re: Cuban hunger striker says he is near death

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    Fariñas and other Cuban dissidents are risking their lives for the freedom of their country; for the basic human rights of free speech, free press and freedom of assembly. Their unselfish sacrifice will accelerate the transition to democracy on the island.

    Let´s not forget Fariñas has been offered asylum to leave the country several times, but he has been steadfast in continue with the hunger strike seeking the release of 26 political prisoners in poor health, choosing to stay in Cuba. He has said: “I’m going to accept this challenge until the final consequence. I would like to live, if my conscience allows me to do so, when I’m sure that nobody else is going to die.”

    You are living in a pipe dream. Castro does not give a **** about him or someone outside his country caring why some moron commits suicide. If his goal is to make Casto die of laughter then that could work, although I sure Castro has a Brother,cousin, son or some other relative just like him who will take his place.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Cuban hunger striker says he is near death

    Then eat something!

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    Re: Cuban hunger striker says he is near death

    Eat something, and fight another day. Protest are good, hunger strikes are stupid.

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    Re: Cuban hunger striker says he is near death

    Is not a living person more effective at changing things than a dead person who starved in order to get a government that has no regard for human rights to change? I understand this guys sentiment, but protest through slow suicide is foolish. He can do more good being alive than being dead.
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