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Cuban hunger striker says he’s dying

Guillermo Farinas is starving himself to bring attention to political prisoners

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A Cuban man who hasn’t eaten in 131 days wrote on his blog that he may be nearing death due to a blood clot. Guillermo Farinas, 48, says he will continue his hunger strike until 25 people jailed for opposing the Castro regime are released. Farinas has been receiving nutrients intravenously at a hospital, but infections now prevent him from continuing the injections. The Catholic Church is also trying to win the release of political prisoners by putting pressure on President Raul Castro. The independent Cuban Commission on Human Rights reported Monday that there at 167 people jailed for opposing the government – the smallest number since the 1959 revolution.

Reuters

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