The prominent Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas has given his reaction to the release of 52 political prisoners by authorities there. He gave an exclusive interviewspoke ex to euronews from a hospital in Santa Clara where he is recovering after ending a hunger strike that lasted 134 days. He called off his protest when the Cuban government struck a prisoner release deal with the Catholic church. Some of those freed have flown into exile in Spain.
He told euronews: “The brothers Fidel and Raul Castro are going to stop the changes right here, with the release of these 52 political prisoners of conscience. And we don’t want that. We must try to broaden the reforms and that depends on us, the peaceful opposition. It depends on the Cuban people but also on the international media, governments, parliaments, political organisations all over the world. It depends on the democratic left that has strongly criticised what is happening in Cuba. It also depends on those in exile and the Cuban diaspora all over the world.
He added: “I believe the Catholic Church is the ideal vehicle, on a national basis, for such exchanges. I believe the Catholic Church must get rid of a range of inhibitions it has, and realise that we are living a crucial moment in the history of Cuba. They now must seize this role that history and God gave to them, and mediate between the political rivals in Cuba.”
The full interview in Spanish with Guillermo Farinas can be heard at euronews.net, on the Spanish version of the website