HAVANA – Representatives of the political opposition in Cuba informed that the health of Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas (54) a prominent dissident  who is on hunger strike-protest against tortures, was hospitalised. Dissident, who was awarded with Sakharov Prize also known as the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2010, began his protest at midnight of July 21-st. More than twenty others dissident joined their leader, according to the Cuban opposition.

Fariñas, who is doctor and journalist, went on strike on the first anniversary of the diplomatic normalisation of bilateral relations between Cuba and the United States to emphasise that Castro’s regime continues breaking basic rights of political opposition. According to Cuban dissident they are being tortured, beaten, threatened with death or “prosecuted with spurious causes”, and also that their personal possessions are being confiscated.

Cuban American National Foundation Twitteed that Fariñas said “it’s time for Cubans to hit the streets and protest against political and social brutality”.

State Department Spokesman Mr. John Kirby told media that the USA is concerned for the physical well-being of dissidents Farinas Carlos Amel and other activists who are on hunger strike. He said that US is “monitoring their situation closely. “We stand in solidarity with those who advocate for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly.” – Mr. Kirby declared.  He said that the United States raised its concerns “directly with the Cuban Government both in Washington and Havana”.

On July 19th Guillermo Fariñas was tortured, while handcuffed, by members of the Special Riot Squad of the Homeland Ministry. He was arrested when, together with several members of our United Anti-totalitarian Forum (FANTU), he tried to reach the 5th police station in the city of Villaclara. Photos made available online by Cuban opposition showed swollen Fariñas face with other visible signs of beatings.

Police aggression was another evidence that Castro’s regime disregard not only human rights but also their own laws, which allow citizens to approach peacefully any office of the state institution. Tortured dissident wrote a protest letter to Raul Castro, current chief of the Cuba’s Communist regime, in which he complained for tortures and totalitarian practices of police against the political opposition:

The outrage denounced (…) is just a miniscule sample of the wave of abuse, terror, and violence that law enforcement authorities of your government have unleashed, since about 19 months ago, against non-violent opposition that civically faces totalitarianism.

Dissident announced his protest to demand from Cuban regime to announce in the biggest, Communist party newspaper that legal opposition are not “mercenaries” and appoint a vice president who would “hold meetings with with a dozen prominent leaders of the Cuban non-violent political opposition.”

Fariñas explained that until the conditions are met he makes Castro and his regime ” I make you and your government responsible for my life and the lives of all Cuban non-violent dissidents.”

On July 29th American senator of Cuban origin Marco Rubio talked to Sakharov Prize laureate on phone. Hon. Rubio assured dissident of his solidarity and his prayers and expressed his concern for the future of dissident movement in Cuba if the worst would happen. American senator said that it would be “a great loss” for the United States but emphasised that he honours dissident’s personal decision. He also told Fariñas that his voice is “very important in this, and it would be a shame to lose your voice and activism, because I honestly don’t know who would replace you.”

His concerns about the health and life of leading Cuban dissident expressed former candidate in Republican primaries, senator Ted Cruz.

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas on hunger strike against tortures

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas (54) receives the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in 2010

On July 29th American senator of Cuban origin Marco Rubio talked to Sakharov Prize laureate on phone. Hon. Rubio assured dissident of his solidarity and his prayers and expressed his concern for the future of dissident movement in Cuba if the worst would happen. American senator said that it would be “a great loss” for the United States but emphasised that he honours dissident’s personal decision. He also told Fariñas that his voice is “very important in this, and it would be a shame to lose your voice and activism, because I honestly don’t know who would replace you.”

His concerns about the health and life of leading Cuban dissident expressed former candidate in Republican primaries, senator Ted Cruz.