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Five Cuban Dissidents to Watch in the Post-Fidel Era

Fidel Castro, the dictator who used firing squads, labor camps, beatings, torture, and hunger to oppress his people for more than half a century, died Friday night at the age of 90. His demise – though his brother, Raúl, remains in power – has led many to ask what the future holds for Cuba’s anti-communist dissident community.

Cuba's dissident Guillermo Farinas speaks with an unidentified man outside his home in Santa Clara, Cuba, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Farinas was released by Cuban authorities after being detained for a second time on Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

Cuba’s Hospitals Won’t Take Hunger Striker Guillermo Fariñas, Daughter Says

“My father has been on hunger strike for 49 days. At this point, any hospital would taken him in urgently, but not in Cuba,” wrote the daughter of Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas on Wednesday, who has continued to refused to eat unless the communist dictatorship agrees to stop using violence against dissenters.

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas receives confirmation by mobile phone that he has been awarded the Sakharov Human Rights Prize by the European Parliament, on October 21, 2010 at his house in the city of Santa Clara, Cuba. AFP PHOTO/Adalberto ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba: Guillermo Fariñas Rejects U.S. Demand to End 40-Day-Old Hunger Strike

Cuban dissident activist Guillermo Fariñas has rejected a plea from the second-in-command at the U.S. embassy in Havana to cease his now 40-day-old hunger strike, asserting that the communist Castro government has clearly decided to no longer intervene and to allow him to die.

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Cuban Dissident Refuses Hospitalization on Day 9 of 24th Hunger Strike

Cuban dissident leader Guillermo Fariñas, a recipient of the European Parliament’s Andrei Sakharov Prize, was hospitalized Thursday on the eighth day of his 24th hunger strike. Fariñas was taken to the hospital unconscious and refused treatment upon waking up. He continues to refuse to eat or drink water.

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas sits at home in Santa Clara in this March 5, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/DESMOND BOYLAN/FILES

Cuba Post-‘Normalization’: Tortured Dissident Begins 24th Hunger Strike to Protest

Guillermo Fariñas, a Cuban human rights activist who has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s concessions to dictator Raúl Castro, has declared himself on a hunger strike following a severe beating in which communist agents tortured him for hours for daring to inquire about the status of another dissident in custody.

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Obama Meets with Anti-Castro, Anti-Obama Cuban Dissidents

The White House has released a list of Cuban political dissidents attending a closed meeting with President Barack Obama Tuesday morning, many who have been arrested multiple times shortly before and during the Obamas’ visit, and many who have had harsh words for his “normalization” plan for Cuba.

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Cuban Dissident Tarred As Government Arrests 200 for Attending Catholic Mass

In a weekend during which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared from Havana that Congressional Democrats had a “great enthusiasm” for lifting what is left of the American embargo in Cuba, the Cuban government reportedly arrested more than 200 dissidents across the island for attempting to attend Catholic mass.