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Cuba: Gullermo Fariñas Arrested while Visiting Hunger Striker

En esta fotografía del 15 de diciembre del 2010, el disidente cubano Guillermo Fariñas habla en una entrevista con The Associated Press en Santa Clara, Cuba. Fariñas fue detenido el miércoles 26 de enero del 2011, según familiares y fuentes de la oposición (AP Foto/Franklin Reyes, archivo)

En esta fotografía del 15 de diciembre del 2010, el disidente cubano Guillermo Fariñas habla en una entrevista con The Associated Press en Santa Clara, Cuba. Fariñas fue detenido el miércoles 26 de enero del 2011, según familiares y fuentes de la oposición (AP Foto/Franklin Reyes, archivo)

Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas was detained by authorities on Wednesday in the town of Santa Clara while he was in the hospital visiting fellow dissident Alcides Rivera, who is conducting a hunger strike, family members told EFE. 

Guillermo went to visit Alcides in the hospital and no one likes him there. The SVP [hospital security] didn't allow him in. They immobilized him, hit him, and called the police who took him away

- Alicia Hernández, Guillermo Fariñas' mother.

"Guillermo went to visit Alcides in the hospital and no one likes him there. The SVP [hospital security] didn't allow him in. They immobilized him, hit him, and called the police who took him away" Alicia Hernández, Fariñas' mother, told EFE by phone. 

Dissident Alcides Rivera started his hunger strike on September 28 to call for an end to the Cuban state crackdown on internal dissent, says Elizardo Sánchez of the dissident Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation.  

Sánchez explained that the recent pattern of arrest against Fariñas and other dissidents involves frequent but brief detentions. 

Fariñas staged a 134-day hunger strike last year to draw attention to the plight of activists, social critics and opposition leaders in Cuban jails. He was awarded the 2010 European Parliament's annual human rights prize, but Cuban authorities refused to grant him permission to travel to Strasbourg, France, to receive the award.

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