Cuban hunger striker Guillermo Fariñas remains hospitalized in Santa Clara, possibly suffering from kidney failure, according to news reports compiled by El Nuevo Herald.
Since Thursday when he collapsed, doctors have been administering liquids via an IV to Fariñas, who has not eaten or drank anything since Feb. 24. However, he has not been able to urinate.
Fariñas, a 48-year-old psychologist and independent journalist, is demanding that the Castro dictatorship release from its jails some two dozen critically ill political prisoners.
What is happening to Fariñas is tragic, but it is important to remember that he knows what he is doing, he understands the possible consequences.
Cuba, as former Polish president Lech Walesa reminded him this week, needs men like Fariñas to live, to continue to lead the struggle for liberty.
Hopefully Fariñas' sacrifice — especially if it ends with his death — means other Cubans won't have to die in the future.