Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ha Ganado Cuba

Above is a photo posted on TwitPic today by Yoani Sánchez.  It shows dissident hunger striker Coco Fariñas taking his first sip of water in months.

Below is a photo of Fariñas' hand-written press release which is also signed by the previously released dissident Hector Palacios (taken by Sánchez and posted on TwitPic).

Among other things, Fariñas and Palacios say:

"This confrontation between democrats and antidemocrats has neither victors nor vanquished, except that Cuba, our Motherland, has won." (see Cuban Colada).

He also highlights the work of the Ladies in White, who, he reminds us, have been peacefully protesting for the release of their husbands, sons, and brothers for seven long and often lonely years.

He thanks "todos cubanos solidarios" who work for a free Cuba, whether from prison, from exile, or in Cuba's streets, and recognizes others throughout the world who publicized his case acting as a "protective shield" for him against government repression.

The statement closes with Fariñas noting that he is "postponing" his hunger strike for the next 3-4 months in order to hold the Cuban government to its word. 

He promises to now begin the process of recuperation in the company of his fellow activists, including various human rights groups, independent journalists, and alternative bloggers.
Santa Clara, Cuba - 1:25 p.m. - July 8, 2010

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