One of the few non-violent ways used to attract attention to the Castro brothers 51 years dictatorship is engaging in a hunger strike as an act of political protest. It is very sad that these hunger strikes have to be used to bring world opinion to bear against the oppression and denial of freedom by the regime and force change.Cuba dissident Farinas awarded Sakharov Prize by EU
BBC News - Cuba dissident Farinas awarded Sakharov Prize by EU
21 October 2010 Last updated at 19:21 ET
Mr Farinas celebrated the award with members of the Ladies in White human rights group
The European Parliament has awarded its Sakharov human rights prize to Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas.
Mr Farinas ended a hunger strike in July after the Cuban government agreed to release 52 political prisoners.
During his campaign for human rights he has staged more than 20 hunger strikes and spent more than 11 years in prison.
Mr Farinas, 48, said he accepted the award in the name of the Cuban people and all those who campaigned for greater freedom in Cuba.
Fariñas is a professed admirer of Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Gandhi engaged in several hunger strikes for the independence of India, and he succeeded.
In “Gandhi's Letters to a Disciple” he writes, “Under certain circumstances, fasting is the one weapon God has given us for use in times of utter helplessness.” Gandhi felt strongly that fasting and political action was inseparable. So does Fariñas.