Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cuban journalist on hunger strike reportedly unconscious in hospital

A Cuban journalist who has been on a hunger strike for more than two weeks is reportedly unconscious in a hospital.

Blogger Yoaní Sánchez tweeted earlier this afternoon Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas is in Hospital Universitario Arnaldo Milian Castro in the provincial city of Santa Clara. Convivencia tweeted Fariñas is suffering from hypovolemic and hypoglycemic shock.

Fariñas began his hunger strike 16 days ago to protest dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s death. The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly earlier today to condemn Cuba for Zapata’s “cruel and avoidable” death in prison on Feb. 23. Fariñas himself told the British Broadcasting Corporation he is “ready to die.”

The Miami Herald reported earlier this month Fariñas has gone on hunger strike more than 20 times since 1995.

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