Despite claims to the contrary, life for the Cuban people in Obama’s Cuba is just as miserable and dehumanizing as it was before. The only real difference now is that the repressive apartheid Castro dictatorship now enjoys the full backing of the U.S. government.
Cuba’s Hospitals Won’t Take Hunger Striker Guillermo Fariñas, Daughter Says
“My father has been on hunger strike for 49 days. At this point, any hospital would taken him in urgently, but not in Cuba,” wrote the daughter of Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas on Wednesday, who has continued to refused to eat unless the communist dictatorship agrees to stop using violence against dissenters.
At press time, Guillermo Fariñas is on his 51st day of this hunger strike, his 23rd hunger strike. Alicia Fariñas Hernández told the Mexican newspaper La Razón that she believes dictator Raúl Castro has ordered Cuban hospitals not to treat him anymore, hoping to speed up his death and not prolong coverage of his hunger strike.
Fariñas, who won the European Union’s 2010 Andrei Sakharov Prize for Human Rights Activism, already suffered a number of chronic illnesses before taking up this latest hunger strike on July 20, most caused by his previous hunger strikes. Since beginning this one, he has been hospitalized five times, his daughter says, all during occasions in which he lost consciousness. The hospital supplied him with a vitamin IV until he regained consciousness, then checked himself out.
Fariñas is also refusing to drink water, which may expedite his demise.
The activist has himself made a similar accusation as his daughter’s, accusing the government of “deciding to let me die” rather than cede to his demands. Cuban exile activists in Florida have accused the Castro regime of planning the “murder” of Fariñas by ignoring him until he dies.
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