The democratic world sends a clear message to the Castro dictatorship award the Saharov to Fariña
Indicated Writer matter
Friday, October 22, 2010 9:25
A prestigious human rights award to dissident on Thursday granted Guillermo Fariñas was the fourth warning that the Cuban government reforms are not enough, analysts said on Thursday.
A Farina, 48, psychologist and freelance journalist whose hunger strike for 135 days it took a few months ago on the brink of death, was awarded the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize, worth over $ 60,000.
"This is a message they are sending the democratic governments of civilized world to the Cuban government, which draw tens of prison is not enough to believe that there is progress,'' Fariñas said by telephone from his home in the city of Santa Clara, central province of Villa Clara.
"This is a reward not for Guillermo Fariñas, is an award rebellion that has shown the people against the dictatorship of prisoners, people in the streets being beaten and threatened,''he said.
Fariñas said that could start another hunger strike if not allowed out to receive the award at a ceremony to be held Dec. 15 in Strasbourg, France, seat of Parliament Europe. Cuba routinely denies exit permits to dissidents received international awards.
Raul Castro's government had no immediate comment on Fariñas prize, but analysts noted that the Cuban issue was the latest in a series of blows suffered by the Havana week.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama said that Cuba has not changed enough to warrant Washington's friendly overtures, the Wednesday, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Miguel Angel Moratinos, often criticized for being too friendly with Havana was replaced, and reported that it was unlikely that European Union on Monday put an end to common policies, linking aid to Cuba with his human rights record.
"These are four calls to Cuba that is not enough what is doing. We need a more definite policy shift,''said a El Nuevo Herald dissident economist Oscar Espinosa habanero Chepe.
"Havana has received four buckets of cold water,''said José Antonio Blanco, a former analyst at the Central Party Committee Communist Cuba who now lives in South Florida.
During his most recent hunger strike to demand the release of all political prisoners, Fariñas was several times on the verge of death. The strike was launched on 24 February, a day after died in prison Orlando Zapata Tamayo, also after a long hunger strike.
Fariñas suspended the strike for 135 days, the majority of which happened in a hospital where he received nutrients via IV, after the Castro government promised on 7 July that it would release 52 political prisoners. Nearly 40 have been released and sent into exile in Spain.
Still extremely consumed, Fariñas is so weak he had to take a nap on Thursday even though his supporters filled her house and its phones rang incessantly with calls from Congratulations, "her mother said Alicia Hernandez, 75.
His latest hunger strike, and provision of after talks with Castro Moratinos Catholic Church, made one of the Fariñas observed and best-known dissidents on the island.
Former member of an elite unit of the Ministry of Interior He fought in Angola, Fariñas broke with the government after the execution 1989 of General Arnaldo Ochoa, accused of drug trafficking. Was imprisoned three times and has previously held more than 20 hunger strikes to protest against various measures of government.
S: El Nuevo Herald / Cuba Libre Digital/Translated LPPNEWS FrontLine Results
CATHOLIC CHURCH ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS IN CUBA OTHER 5
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Friday, October 22, 2010 9:44
HAVANA - The Catholic Church reported that five prisoners for crimes against state security, at least four of them accused of violent actions, will be released and moved to Spain soon.
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
The Associated Press
A note from the Archbishop of Havana said Thursday that former detainees will Juana Maria Nieves, Domingo Ozuna, Juan Francisco Marimon and Misael Mena, originally sentenced to prison terms of between 10 and 17 years according to a list provided by the non-governmental Cuban Commission Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDDHHyRN).
A fifth name, José Luis Ramil, not on the CCDDHHyRN count, but the director of the organization Elizardo Sanchez said he "had several references" that the man was serving penalties against state security but could not document the case .
In total 47 Cubans join released in a gradual process since July.
Of these 39 dissidents are members of a group of peace activists by the church who initially handled the release, one more is also a prisoner of conscience-I do not use violence, but the remaining seven purged penalties for crimes such as piracy, terrorism or injury.
In July, Cardinal Jaime Ortega met with President Raul Castro, then announced it would produce the release of dozens of jailed dissidents of the "Group of 75" trial in 2003 were still in prison.A score of 75 original and had obtained the freedom over the last seven years due to health problems.
At the meeting of Catholic leaders with Castro also attended by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.
The courts had found guilty of these "75" to receive money and guidance from the U.S. and its allies to destroy the revolution in the context of a policy of pressure and U.S. sanctions on Cuba.
However, the church last week announced the release of three (Ciro Pérez, Arturo Suárez and Rolando Jiménez) that were not in the original list of the "Group of 75" one of them but peaceful and not be part of the raid of 2003 and the other two for his violent actions.
Lamasiel parallel Gutierrez Jimenez's wife said by telephone on Thursday that she, her husband and several other relatives were preparing to leave for Spain today.
"We will not stay in Spain, on Tuesday we will go to Czech Republic," said the woman.The other two people also travel with their families tonight, he said.
The announcement of the Archbishop of Havana occurs several hours after the European Union granted the Sakharov human rights prize to Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, who conducted a hunger strike in recent weeks with artificial feeding in a teaching hospital over 100 days to press for the release of sick prisoners.
S: El Nuevo Herald/ Cuba Libre Digital/ LPPNEWS FrontLine Results