Monday, March 8, 2010

Fariñas Letter to Raúl Castro Ruz

Santa Clara, 5 of March 2010.

To: Raúl Castro Ruz, Army General and President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba.

General, as you must know, as an old soldier, the ties between brothers in arms are relationships that go beyond ideologies and political positions. As should be reflected in the archives of the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, the undersigned was a combatant in the People's Republic of Angola and had I continued in the military life would now hold the rank of Colonel.

Three colleagues of mine, very close to you, have sent messages to alerting me that you gave the necessary orders to I let me die, following the international outrage for the murder of Orlando Zapata Tamayo and so the hunger strikes by a group of Cubans, will end.

I want to say that I consider myself a true patriot and I recognize that I was only a mercenary, when I was in the service of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics under which I served in Africa. The fact that you believe that my death is necessary for me is an honor, as one verse of our National Anthem states: "to die for the homeland is to live".

Under the present circumstances, in which my country and my brothers of struggle are living, I thank you for allowing me to die before the national and international public opinion, for my pro-democratic ideas and may God be with our land and your with soul.
Bachelor in Psychology
Guillermo Farinas Hernandez
Ex-Political Prisoner three times,
Librarian and Freelance Journalist.

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