Sunday, July 24, 2016

Oscar Arias Asks Fariñas To Suspend His Hunger Strike

Oscar Arias Asks Fariñas To Suspend His Hunger Strike / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 23 July 2016 — In a letter published Saturday by the
former president of Costa Rica and 1987 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize,
Oscar Arias Sanchez asks his "friend" Guillermo Fariñas to "lift his
hunger and thirst strike."

Arias Sanchez explains that the hunger strike will not succeed as a
recourse to persuade the government of the island "that you cannot
pursue noble ends with ignoble means." He also says that Cuba "is not a
different democracy" but rather is "a dictatorship." The former Costa
Rican president (1986-1990 and 2006-2010) recalled the case of regime
opponent Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died after an 86-day hunger strike.
He did not manage "to convince the Cuban regime that it was necessary to
preserve the life of this person, regardless of any ideological
differences" and nor did he move "the compassion of the Cuban dictatorship."

The missive, published on Arias Sanchez's Facebook account, says that
"nothing we could do could save Orlando Zapata." He emphasized that his
voice will not be silent as long as "they continue to violate human
rights in Cuba" and that he has lived long enough "to know that there is
nothing worse than being afraid to tell the 'truth'."

Guillermo Fariñas, 2010 recipient of the European Parliament's Sakharov
Prize for Freedom of Thought, declared himself on a hunger and thirst
strike in the early hours of Wednesday, July 20 to demand that the
beatings of non-violent opposition members in Cuba be stopped and that a
dialogue be opened with government.

Friday, Fariñas added a third demand which requires the regime to "cease
the arbitrary confiscations from the self-employed, small businesses and
entrepreneurs and all Cubans who are being violently attacked" by the

Fariñas expressed solidarity with Carlos Amel Oliva, youth leader of the
Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), who began a hunger strike on July 13
"to protest the arbitrary confiscations" and said he would continue the
strike until the belongings that were confiscated from him are returned.
On Friday, one of the 75 dissidents imprisoned during the Black Spring
of 2003, Eduardo Diaz Fleitas, joined the hunger strike.

Source: Oscar Arias Asks Fariñas To Suspend His Hunger Strike / 14ymedio
– Translating Cuba -

No comments:

Post a Comment