Cuban hunger striker Farinas receiving IV fluids

Dissident Guillermo Farinas remained in a Cuban hospital Monday in what one human rights activist called a "milimetric" government concession to his hunger strike.

Farinas was stable but weak and suffering from severe headaches at the intensive care unit of the Arnaldo Milan Castro hospital in his hometown of Santa Clara, said his mother, Alicia Hernandez.

He is receiving fluids intravenously but continues to refuse to eat or drink, Hernandez said by telephone from the hospital.

Fariñas was hospitalized when he fainted Thursday, on the 16th day of his protest to demand the Cuban government release about two dozen political prisoners reported with serious health problems.

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