Cuban Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, on a hunger and thirst strike for seven days in front of the headquarters of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Switzerland, assured this Sunday that he will remain there until his body allows it.
“I cannot tell you that I am absolutely in flat physical condition, but I can assure you that in my mind I am still a strong person and focused on my convictions. I will be here until my body resists,” said the activist.
The hunger and thirst strike in front of the Wilson Palace, headquarters of the international organization, has the purpose of demanding a pronouncement against the Cuban government for violating the human rights of Omara Ruiz Urquiola and other citizens who are prevented from returning to the island for political reasons.
“It is not an isolated force, it entails the support of many other individuals who make up society, and we are an example of that truly democratic society that we want for Cuba,” he said.
With a muffled voice, due to the physical and mental exhaustion that a peaceful protest of this type implies, Ruiz Urquiola asserted that Cubans need a lot of strength and courage to achieve independence.
“I hope that it is really the last fight that we all have to fight. Some in Cuba, others in the capitals of the world, for the true independence and freedom of Cuba,” he concluded.
In the absence of a response that would convince the Cuban activist and allow his sister and all those regulated by the Havana government for being critical of the regime to return to the island, several people have shown their concern on social networks and sent messages of support to the Ruiz Urquiola family.
This Saturday a Swiss government doctor assured that if Ruiz Urquiola was admitted and his body does not resist, they will let him die in accordance with his request and the laws in the country, where euthanasia is respected.
The police warned that if the Cuban “lost consciousness”, they would pick him up and take him to a medical institution.
“They respected what he was doing, but they were not going to let him die in the street,” said María Montserrat Sadurni, a friend accompanying Ruiz Urquiola, after a meeting with Swiss police.
Last Monday, Ariel Ruiz Urquiola delivered a letter to the UN office in charge of Human Rights asking it to intervene in favor of his sister and condemn the Cuban dictatorship for violating the individual and universal freedoms of the island’s citizens.
“We want to return home, and reunite with our mother, even though the Cuban government continues to attack us! It is our legitimate right to cast lots with our mother, and fight civically for our rights and freedoms, where is there a crime in this? Can you See yourself reflected in our mirror, no matter how broken it is? Help us to return home!”