While the Agriculture Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives holds a hearing on business transactions with Castro's repressive dictatorship, the U.S. Senate honors the life and sacrifice of Cuban pro-democracy leader Orlando Zapata Tamayo.
"If Coco Fariñas dies I will replace him on hunger strike until the very end.
Fariñas demands the immediate release of 26 political prisoners who are very sick.
LIST OF SICK PRISONERS.
1.-Pedro Argüelles Morán Pedro (59 years) generalized osteoarthritis, total cataract in his right eye and almost total left condromalasia grade 3 osteoarthritis and synovitis in both knees, liver enlargement, circulatory disorders in both legs, prostatic hyperplasia and pulmonary emphysema. (20-year sentence)
2 .- Arroyo (55 years) Hypertension, left cardiomegaly, pulmonary emphysema, chronic otitis, pharyngitis, chronic gastritis and allergy to humidity. (26-year sentence)
3 .- Alexis Borges Silva (33 years) Hypertension, visual impairment and polyneuropathy. (3 year sentence)
4 .- Randy Cabrera Mayor (36 years) stomach ulcer. (16-year sentence)
5 .- Carlos Luis Díaz Fernández (39 years) severe diabetes and severe chest pains, which have not been addressed. Considerable weight loss and advanced. (17 years and six months of conviction)
13 .- Jorge Luis González Tanquero (37 years) Hypertension, cervical disease, chronic tonsillitis, high cholesterol, otitis media, fatty liver, bronchial asthma and psychiatric disorders. (20-year sentence)
14 .- Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta (40 years) Hypertension, vitiligo, grade II retinopathy, osteoarthritis, peri adema vesicular disease. (20-year sentence)
15 .- Librado Linares García (46 years) Severe vision loss, postoperative sequelae by pyloric syndrome, Dupping syndrome, intestinal malabsorption, pulmonary emphysema, synovitis in the leg and gastritis. (20-year sentence)
16 .- Luis Milán Fernández (37 years) Hypertension, hepatomegaly, tumor in the humerus bone, pulmonary emphysema and nasal and ocular allergy. (13-year sentence)
17 .- Nelson Molinet Espino (42 years) severe hypertension, angina pain, high cholesterol and chronic tonsillitis. (20-year sentence)
18 .- Juan Angel Moya Acosta (42) Operated by affection of the spine, hemorrhoids and digestive trstornos. (20-year sentence)
19 .- Pablo Pacheco Ávila (37 years) operated a half patellar plica of the right knee and sinuvitis chronic renal ptosis by lack of body weight. (20-year sentence) 20 .- Arturo Pérez de Alejo Rodríguez (56 years) stomach ulcer, headache, renal cyst, spina bifida, scoliosis, cardiovascular disorders, prostatic hyperplasia, partial hearing loss and the sequel of fracture at the base of the skull. (20-year sentence)
According to the dissident Guillermo Fariñas physician, Thursday will be a critical day for the reporter .......
"a critical day whose outcome may occur on Friday"
as his heart rate "has maintained at 60 per minute, his respiratory rate is at 14 per minute, blood pressure has fallen to170. He states that "the estate of malnutrition is maintaining, he feels more tired do to the constant headache".
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.
Guillermo Farinas, Cuban dissident on hunger and thirst strike, said last Friday, that Raúl Castro gave the order to let him die. "I received information last night that Raúl Castro had given the relevant orders to let me die."
Fariñas had been admitted to a hospital in Havana, having lost consciousness. He returned home after receiving nutrition intravenously.
The Spanish government and Carlos Perez, the head of Political Affairs of the Spanish Embassy in Cuba have asked Fariñas to stop the hunger and thirst strike.
The freelance journalist plans to send another letter to Dictator Raul Castro in which he will thank him for the, "honor of letting him die."
Radio Marti Noticias informs that Fariñas has asked dissidents to maintain unity of action and he said that he will remain on hunger strike, inspired by the example set by Orlando Zapapa Tamayo.
The following photo was published today on the blog Fotos desde Cuba(Photos from Cuba).......