Friday, March 31

Guillermo Fariñas update

Sorry this update is so late. If you follow some of the other blogs covering this story, you might have heard already. (HT: Faustas blog)

Cuban dissident recovering in clinic after ending hunger strike
Guillermo Fariñas, a psychologist and director of the independent Cubanacan Press agency, is in serious but stable condition after on Wednesday ending a 56-day hunger strike he began to demand free access to the Internet.

The dissident "has had no complications, but he is very weak, with headaches and polyneuropathies in his legs and hands," his mother Alicia Hernandez said.

Fariñas, 43, is receiving medical care – including intravenous nourishment and fluids – in a hospital in Santa Clara, some 280 kilometers (about 175 miles) east of Havana.
He had more to say:
Another independent journalist, Juan Carlos Herrera, has also been transferred to a hospital after going on hunger strike protesting his prison conditions. Last year I posted a graphic description of the dissidents' jail conditions.

Before you start telling me about Cuba's world-reknowned healthcare, which-is-free-and-universal, read today's article by Mary Anastasia O'Grady in the WSJ, Cuban Doctor Pays a Price for Truth: A victim of brutal crackdowns
Make sure to read the whole post.