This year’s winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Human Rights Prize, Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas, has chosen euronews to give his first reactions to the award.
He has given a telephone interview from his home in Santa Clara, Cuba, where he is recovering from the latest of his 23 hunger strikes.
He said: “I have to interpret this news with modesty, but also in a spirit of peaceful resistance. Modest because it’s a prize that even if given to me personally I accept on behalf of all Cuba’s exiles, political prisoners and dissidents. As I speak they are fighting for a free and democratic Cuba.”
It is the third time in 10 years this prize has been awarded to a Cuban dissident, indicative of the importance Europe places on forcing the pace of change in Cuba, and of the pressure the Communist regime there exerts on those who disagree with it.