Yesterday, Tuesday 29 June 2010, the Bishop of Santa Clara, Monsignor Marcelo Arturo González, paid a visit to Guillermo Fariñas on his 127th day of a hunger strike, and in imminent danger of death due to a clot in his carotid artery.

The visit of the prelate was of a personal nature, and to inquire about his status. It took place in the hospital ward where the opposition activist has been confined for most of his hunger strike.

The Cuban government and the Catholic Church have maintained a dialog for little more than a month aimed at the release of all political prisoners, but it has produced just one release, and twelve transfers to penitentiaries closer to the prisoners’ places of residence. The hunger strike conducted by Fariñas is to demand the release of 26 gravely ill political prisoners from Cuba’s Black Spring.

This was not the first visit to Fariñas by members of the Catholic Church hierarchy.

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