The "Fariñas Amendment" does not exist, clarifies a European Parliament group
The alleged "Fariñas Amendment," which, it was claimed, ratified the demands of the Cuban Sakharov Prize winner and spurred him to abandon his hunger strike "does not exist," said the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), an EU Parliament group.
"Unfortunately, the news about an amendment voted on yesterday (Monday) by the European Parliament is completely false," said Lucian Goleanu, with said political group's press team, as quoted by Miami's El Nuevo Herald.
Goleanu also denied that Alexander Lambsdorff, an ALDE MEP and vice-president of the European Parliament (EP) had submitted such an amendment, "so there is no document at all in connection to this," he said.
"We are aware that the information was spread by a page purporting to represent the Information Office of the European Parliament in Spain," added Goleanu.
On Tuesday DIARIO DE CUBA contacted the EP Information Office in Spain, where a press officer confirmed that the page that had published the story about the amendment's approval was "false."
That page, from the Wordpress platform, was no longer available on Wednesday.
Fariñas attributed the false page to a maneuver by the Cuban Government to get him to abandon his strike.
"The Cuban Government created a fake page ... to force a decision. Unfortunately we only found out later, " he told El Nuevo Herald. "That is part of the regime's essence. They are incapable of debate. They have to deceive people," he added.
However, Fariñas stated that the amendment in question is actually going to be presented in the future. He explained that EP President Martin Schulz invited him to meet with all the political blocs, and has proposed his appointment as a "valid interlocutor" with regards to the issue of human rights in Cuba, which "undoubtedly is a status given the [Cuban] opposition within the European Parliament."
During Fariñas's strike, which lasted 54 days, his organization, the Foro Antitotalitario Unido (FANTU), condemned the release of various false stories.
The episode of the alleged amendment "must inevitably be related to the discreditation campaign being carried out by the Cuban Government against the dissident, as part of its commitment to misinforming the people of Cuba and the international community," said the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) in a statement.