Fariñas, 48, is reportedly suffering from dehydration, severe body pains and other effects of starvation.The doctor treating Fariñas at his home has advised that the bed-confined Fariñas be checked every four hours because of the possibility he could develop shock while asleep.
Fariñas, a former political prisoner, started his protest on Feb. 24, a day after the death of political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo after an 82-day hunger strike. Fariñas is demanding that the Castro dictatorship release from its gulag political prisoners who are seriously ill.
For Fariñas, the effects of his protest are aggravated by the fact that he also is not ingesting liquids and because his body was weakened after prior hunger strikes.
In other developments Monday, Zapata's mother, Reina Luisa Tamayo Danger, pleaded for Fariñas and several political prisoners also on hunger strikes to end their protests.
All they are doing, Tamayo told Radio Martí, is putting their lives at risk because as demonstrated by what happened to her son, the Castro dictatorship doesn't care if they die.
UPDATED, 9 p.m. EST — Fariñas could experience multiple organ failure within 48 hours, according to his doctor.