Cuban dissident ends hunger strike

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Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas has ended his four-month hunger strike after Havana agreed to release 52 political prisoners.

The opposition blogger started his protest when fellow activist Orlando Zapata died in prison.

Both were jailed in 2003 in a government crackdown on political opponents.

Farina’s spokeswoman said authorities kept quiet about the deal – even the hospital doctors.

“The government said nothing and neither did the media. How can you ignore Guillermo Farinas when he is on hunger strike to push for the release of political prisoners,” Licet Zamora told euronews by telephone from Havana.

The deal is said to have struck during talks between President Raul Castro and Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.

Spain’s top diplomat has yet to make a statement following the agreement’s announcement early on Thursday.

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