Franklin Brito, a Venezuelan farmer who had been on a hunger strike since July 2009, passed away  from a respiratory arrest  in a military hospital on Monday night. As previously reported by Global Voices , last year's hunger strike was the latest of numerous strikes:
Brito began his protest in 2006 against a decision by the Insituto Nacional de Tierras (National Land Institute), a national government office, which said that his lands were unproductive, a charge that Brito denied. The Institute ordered the confiscation of his lands. Some believe that the decision was a reprisal for corruption allegations he made against the Mayor of the nearby city of Sucre. His protests since then have included several hunger strikes. Even though the central government eventually returned ownership of the disputed lands and offered him compensation, the authorities failed to evict a group of people who have been occupying his land, leading Brito to begin his most recent hunger strike.
On Monday night, the news of his death spread quickly through Twitter [es]  and blogs.
Radar de Barrios posted [es] a statement by Brito's family:
Hoy 30 de agosto de 2010 el agotado cuerpo de nuestro esposo y padre Franklin Brito, dejó de respirar.
Tras una lucha de más de seis años, más de ocho huelgas de hambre, la mutilación de un dedo y haber sido víctima de una irregular privación de libertad, el cuerpo de Franklin Brito dejó hoy de realizar funciones vitales.
The revolution that claims to be “humane” now has a tragic victim of its lack of scruples and humanity.
Will anyone ever be held accountable for his death?
May he rest in peace.
Chavez has officially, inescapably, his first un-washable blood on his hands since he is president of Venezuela (he has a lot of un-washable blood from 1992, but that is another story).
In her blog, Martha Colmenares writes [es]  about the lesson Venezuelans can learn from Brito’s experience:
El productor agropecuario Franklin Brito tenía días que ya no respiraba por un pulmón. No se rindió, expuso su vida, prefirió morir antes que claudicar en la conquista de sus peticiones, una lección para todos.
Twitter users also responded to Brito's death: Luisana Bellorin (@luisana_kbd)  lamented that this happened in her country, and Adrea Surribas (@ANDREABCD ) said she admired Brito’s bravery. Enrique Vasquez (@kike1947)  also tweeted about Brtio’s courage:
Me averguenza no tener el valor que tuvo Franklin Brito !
On the other hand, Olga Elizabeth (@Chavista16 ), a pro-government Twitter user, looked at the political implications in the timing of Brito’s death, as Venezuela prepares for upcoming parliamentary elections on September 26: 
Esto ya se sabía q iba a pasar antes de las elecciones.. La pregunta es: A quien le convenía la muerte del Farsante de Franklin Brito?
Also focusing on the politics behind Brito's death, Elias Cabeza Ibarra (@eeci1967 ) criticized the opposition's reaction:
La muerte d Franklin Brito,es usada x la oposicion como plataforma Mediatica Pornografica, sacando fotos y reclamando, xq no respetan?
Politics aside, Miguel Jaime (@migueljaime ) condemned the media's coverage of the story:
Lo de la muerte de Franklin Brito es lamentable, tanto por las circunstancias mismas del deceso, como por el show mediático.
José Meza analyzed [es]  Brito’s death in his blog La Culpa es de la Iguana (It’s the Iguana’s Fault), looking at what the tragic ending to his case reveals about the current situation in Venezuela:
Brito es la muestra más clara de cómo son las cosas en esta nueva Venezuela, llena de indiferencia, donde poco importa lo que se crea o piense si, de alguna forma, perturba o genera alguna molestia a quienes se creen dueños de la verdad.