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Cuba: neither Pressure nor Blackmail

Media campaign on hunger strike of a counterrevolutionary

CUBA; March 9, 2010. - Important western media outlets have once more caught people’s attention with prefabricated lies. In this way, they meet the interests of imperialism against Cuba.

While in Cuba, for example, the national anti-polio vaccination campaign aimed at protecting the health of over half a million children is taking place and in devastated Haiti hundreds of Cuban physicians reaffirm their humanist spirit of struggle for life, malicious headlines go to a lot of trouble to orchestrate a campaign in favor of counterrevolutionary Guillermo Fariñas, on a hunger strike for 13 days now at his home in the central city of Santa Clara, with which, according to his statements, he is trying to impose the release from prison of over 20 counterrevolutionary inmates condemned with all procedural rights by courts for acting at the service of foreign interests, against Cuba’s independence and constitutional order.

The manipulation is such that news reports go as far as saying that the Cuban government has indicated to let this worker in the pay of the US Interests Section in Havana die, without mentioning a single word about the countless efforts of our health professionals have taken to care for this person.

Guillermo Fariñas, known among the traitors as "Coco", went from a position very close to the Revolution to anti-social behavior.

The first public act that revealed his personality failure and had no political connotation, took place at the end of 1995, when he attacked a woman, an official from the health institution where he worked as a psychologist, which resulted in numerous injuries on the woman’s face and arms. This crime brought about a sentence of three years of deprivation of freedom, without internment, plus a 600-peso fine.

In order to evade justice, he invented his first hunger strike and shortly after he entered the threshold of counterrevolutionary activism.

With the cooperation of those factions, he spread his case, made countless distorted statements through subversive radio stations, and expressed his willingness to die if he didn’t receive answers to demands he felt like making.

A second event, which occurred in 2002, ratified the violent nature of this individual and his clear contempt for his homeland and the citizens defending it. Right in the city of Santa Clara, Fariñas brutally beat with a cane an elderly man who had prevented the terrorist act of personal envoy of criminal Luis Posada Carriles.

The injuries caused to this man resulted in an urgent surgery to remove his spleen.

Sentenced to five years and 10 months of deprivation of his freedom, according to Trial 569 of 2002 of Villa Clara province’s Provincial Popular Court, he once again made use of his method of making a show: a hunger strike.

On that occasion, the position maintained by Fariñas resulted in slight dehydration, for which he was treated with saline solution. He interrupted his hunger strike, but on November 4, 2002, he decided to resume it, demanding a television set to be placed in the nursing ward of the prison, where he was recovering.

On December 5, 2003, in view of his poor health, he was given an extra-prison license (according to article 31, paragraphs 3.b and 4 of the Penal Code, which establishes the faculty of granting the suspension of internment to a person sanctioned to deprivation of freedom for justified reasons, on the basis of his commitment to observe good behavior), in compliance with Cuban laws and based on the humanitarian conception of Cuban justice and the penitentiary system.

Three years later, this agent in the service of the United States staged a prolonged fast to demand from ETECSA officials access to the Internet from his domicile. Fariñas is a regular reporter of the infamous radio station known as Radio Marti and of other anti-Cuban radio stations.

His service record is also long in terms of his participation in all kinds of activities at the US Interest Section in Havana and some diplomatic missions of European nations leading subversion in Cuba, from whom he received instructions, money and supplies.

There are bioethical principles that force doctors to respect the decision of a person who has decided to begin a hunger strike.

Therefore, he or she can in no way be forced to eat, like US authorities customarily do at the prisons and centers of torture of Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib and Bagram, in violation of the rights of the detainees.

Medicine can intervene only when the patient has entered in a state of shock, when, as a rule, it’s too late to save his or her life, since human beings are at that point in the limits of survival, known as the point of no return.

As a consequence of successive episodes of hunger strikes, Fariñas’ body is in a process of marked deterioration.

If he’s alive today, and this must be said, it’s thanks to the qualified medical treatment he has received in spite of being a mercenary.

In this case, it is not medicine that must resolve the problem intentionally created with the purpose of discrediting Cuba’s political system, but the patient himself and the unpatriotic people, foreign diplomats and media outlets manipulating him. The consequences will be his entire and sole responsibility

Cuba, which has more than shown that it has the lives and dignity of human beings as its main motto, will accept neither pressure nor blackmail. (Cubaminrex – Granma)

 


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