Cuban Dissident Guillermo Fariñas Ends Hunger Strike After 130 Days

Guillermo Fariñas
Cuban political dissident Guillermo Fariñas.
Cuban political dissident Guillermo Fariñas.

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Top Story — Cuban doctor and political dissident Guillermo Fariñas ended his hunger strike after refusing food for over 130 days.

Fariñas, who began his hunger strike after the death of fellow dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo in February, ended the strike after the Cuban government announced that it was freeing 52 political prisoners.

It was reported that Fariñas was close to death when he ended the hunger strike.

Cuba’s release of the 52 political prisoners has been applauded by nations around the world, including the United States and Spain. The European nation will take the first five of the prisoners released.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was pleased with Cuba’s decision to release the prisoners, which she said was overdue but “a positive sign.”

“We welcome this. We think that it’s a positive sign. It’s something that is overdue, but nevertheless very welcome,” Clinton said, according to AFP.

The Obama administration has been more open then previous administrations in opening dialogue with Cuba. Last year it lifted travel and money transfer restrictions on Cuban-Americans with relatives in the country.

However, the administration said that it would not lift the decades-old embargo on Cuba unless the government of Raúl Castro shows progress on human rights issues.

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