El Nuevo Herald reports that Fariñas, who has been on hunger strike since Jan. 31 after Cuban authorities cut off his access to the Internet, is suffering convulsions and a loss of feeling in his extremities.
Despite pleas from his colleagues and other dissident leaders that he end his hunger strike, Fariñas, in a letter released Wednesday, renewed his vow to take his protest to the "final consequences," according to EFE News.
According to EFE News, Fariñas explained why he is willing to die for his cause.
"With this refusal to consume solid food I think I'm refuting the stale accusation made by those who oppress us in our own land that we are mercenaries at the service of a foreign power," he wrote in the letter, which was read over the phone to EFE by Niurvis Diaz, Fariñas' colleague at Cubanacan Press.
"No mercenary would die for anything except money, while I and all of you have decided to give up our own lives for ideals."
(H/T to La Ventanita. Photo by El Nuevo Herald.)