Monday, March 27, 2006

The Fariñas silence (Update)

A person who ceases the intake of food for a prolonged amount of time will first begin to loose weight followed by a vitamin and mineral deficiency which will lead to other health problems, simply put, starvation. Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas began his self imposed starvation process more than 50 days ago. Mr. Fariñas will soon die, which is an end to a starvation process, unless the Cuban government allows Mr. Fariñas one simple, miniscule request, ACCESS TO THE INTERNET! Let me repeat it just in case you did not see it coming, ACCESS TO THE INTERNET!
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” - Amendment I of the United States Constitution
How many of us take this for granted? How many of us are willing to die for it? Fariñas is not protected by our Constitution, but he is willing to die for the same principles. But no one is listening, he is simply wasting away. Tourists continue to visit the communist paradise, stay in “no Cubans allowed” luxury hotels, push back plates of food that could feed an entire Cuban family, but no one goes back to their countries to tell about Fariñas. Is it that no one cares? Perhaps or perhaps you just don't know about it. When you look at it from afar it does seem kind of absurd to die just for internet access. Even more absurd is killing a man for the same reason, which is what the Cuban government is doing.

Let’s get back to this starvation thing. Once the majority of the fat is broken down, the energy requirements are met by muscle breakdown, this will rapidly lead to death as the vitals muscles stop working, a failure of the major organs and then DEATH. Most experts agree that death is a sure thing some time after 50 days after starting the starvation process, assuming that the person had relatively good health and good weight to being with. Fariñas has been starving for more than 50 days. Will anyone notice?

If you are reading this story and it upsets you, call your local government representative, send an e-mail to your newspaper, call the head of your church or whatever religious organization you belong to…pass the word, and pray for Fariñas’ health and a change of heart from the Cuban government.
"The king should grant freedom of speech to those with good judgment so that his friends can help him decide, his friends being not those who praise all he does but those who criticize his mistakes". -Isocrates to the rulers of Salamis on Cyprus.
Bloggers covering Fariñas to bring his struggle to light.

Babalu - Let me be buried on this spot!
Uncomoon Sense - Fariñas is an outlaw, and a hero.
The Real Cuba - Guillermo Fariñas is dying! What are you doing about it?
The 26th Parallel - Blogging for Coco
Texidor Blog - Guillermo Fariñas - Vicotorious unknown
Publius Pundit - Cuba's Internet struggle
La Ventanita - The Value of Freedom
Killcastro - A light that blinds the tyrant
El Cafe Cubano - Fariñas blogburst
Blog for Cuba - Dying for freedom
¡Ya No Más!
Shrink Wrapped - Thought Control, Totalitarian Ideologies, & Guillermo Fariñas
Chez Diva - Guillermo Farinas is Cuba
Michelle Malkin - A Cuban journalist is starving
Cuban-American Pundits - What to write?

The American Thinker - Support Cuba's Guillermo Farinas
Reporter without borders - Call for humanitarian gesture towards two journalists on hunger strike

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