Letter to the World’s Presidents

Santa Clara, February 26, 2010.

Honorable President or Prime Minister

First, please excuse us for calling on your time and attention, knowing the demands placed on you. But the life of a modest fellow citizen is involved, our comrade with dangerous ideas, and perhaps in the coming days those of many other brothers as well, and so we have decided to write to you. By way of this letter we would like to bring to your attention the painful news that Mr. Guillermo Fariñas Hernández, has declared a hunger and thirst strike.

This has been motivated by the death of the political prisoner of conscience, Mr. Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died in similar circumstances. We began the 21st Century, more than 299 years after the French Revolution which first gave the world the trilogy: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, the basis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, accepted by all the countries on the planet, in the struggle for which this brother could meet his death. Guillermo Fariñas makes no demands of a material nature, nor even political, but solely for the release of a group of political prisoners who are in poor health and who may soon suffer the fate of the late Orlando Zapata Tamayo.

As you can see, this case has no political roots. There is no attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of the Republic of Cuba. Even the deceased prisoner was not in prison for committing a violent act, but rather was a simple bricklayer and defender of Human Rights. Were it otherwise we would not direct this letter to you, out of respect for your person and your government. It is on behalf of the lives of these peaceful strugglers that we are writing to inform you of the seriousness of these events.

It is likely, that on receiving these lines you are already aware of these events, but we believe that when the news comes from the hands of those  close to the person facing death, this brings a sense of humanity and solidarity infinitely greater than that sparked by what is heard or seen through the mass media because, as our José Martí said, “When you have seen someone die, every memory is a tear.”

If you deem it appropriate, we beseech you, to make any gesture aimed at saving the life of Guillermo Fariñas and his companions in martyrdom, so that death may forever leave the path for the struggle for human rights in our beloved country. As fighters for democracy and human rights, we thank you in advance for any action you choose to take, whatever it may be. We would like to take this opportunity to assure you and your government, once again, of our greatest appreciation for your time and attention.

Editorial Board of the Foro Cubanacan Press

Licet del Carmen Zamora Carrandi: _________________________________

Edilia Clara Pérez Gómez: _________________________________________

Carlos Emilio Obregon Valhuerdi: ___________________________________

Rafael Perez Gonzalez: ____________________________________________

Ramon Jimenez Arencibia: _________________________________________

Feliberto Pérez Del Sol: ____________________________________________

Santa Clara, February 26, 2010

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