4 Jul 2010

Cuban dissident reported to be in danger of dying

1:12 pm on 4 July 2010

Doctors in Cuba treating a political dissident who is on hunger strike, say he is in danger of dying despite their efforts to keep him alive.

Guillermo Farinas, 48, has been refusing food and water since 28 February to demand the release of 26 political prisoners who are ill.

The BBC reports he is being fed intravenously in hospital, but doctors say he has developed a blood clot that could kill him.

The news was reported in Cuban state media, which usually ignore dissident protests.

The official communist party newspaper Granma published an interview with the doctor leading his treatment, Armando Caballero.

Mr Farinas is a psychologist who works as a freelance journalist reporting on Cuba in defiance of state media controls.

The government has previously said it will not be "blackmailed" by Mr Farinas, and it would be his own fault if he died.