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Cuban dissident Fariñas arrested again

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Cuban dissident Fariñas arrested again


Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas has been arrested for the second day in a row.

His mother, Alicia Hernandez, told the AFP news agency that police detained him in Santa Clara, 280 kilometres east of Havana, late on Thursday night.

The 49-year-old blogger had already been arrested early on Wednesday morning after trying to help a family who were being evicted from squatter housing. He was freed seven hours later.

Farina, a psychologist by profession, went on a 135-day hunger strike last year protest at the continued detention of political prisoners by the Cuban government.

He ended his protest when President Raul Castro ordered the release of 52 dissidents after seven years in jail.

Farinas’ campaign earned him the European Parliament’s Sakharov rights prize. On December 15, an empty chair draped in a Cuban flag symbolised Havana’s refusal to allow Farinas to pick up his award

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