Interview with wife of Guillermo Fariñas

Clara Pérez, wife of Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, says her husband’s hunger strike was a key factor that led to the Cuban government’s decision to release dozens of political prisoners.
She said in an interview that Fariñas nearly died during the hunger strike, which ended after Cuban authorities announced they would begin freeing more than 50 prisoners still in jail since the Black Spring crackdown of 2003.
Pérez said she asked Fariñas to quit the hunger strike, but in the end had to respect his decision to continue the protest.
She said she knows that Cuban authorities consider her and her family to be “mercenaries” in the pay of the U.S. government, but said the accusation is not true.
See more of interview in 4-minute video on the Cuba Money Project’s Vimeo channel.


Tracey Eaton was the Dallas Morning News bureau chief in Cuba from 2000 to early 2005. Before that, he headed the paper’s Mexico City bureau. Eaton, a former Fulbright scholar, has been a journalist and photographer since 1983. He travels to Havana regularly. In 2010 and again in 2011, Eaton received a Pulitzer Center grant to support his reporting in Cuba. He has been investigating U.S.-financed pro-democracy programs in Cuba.

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