Such cruelty is unacceptable

Nadine Gordimer, Nobel laureate, fighting for the five 
Such cruelty is unacceptable 
Amelia Duarte de la Rosa 

SOUTH African Nadine Gordimer, 1991 Nobel Prize for Literature, read out letter to President Obama calling for the release of the five Cuban heroes. Gordimer is in our country as an invited guest to the 19th Havana Book Fair.  

Your browser may not support display of this image. In the statement, Gordimer, who had a prior interview with family members of the Five, condemned the torture and psychological mistreatment to which the mothers and wives have been subjected for more than 11 years since September 12, 1998, when Gerardo, René, Ramón, Antonio and Fernando were unjustly imprisoned. “Such cruelty is unacceptable,” the writer stated, affirming that she had witnessed first-hand the drama that these families, full of dignity and fortitude, are going through.  

“I ask the Obama administration for their immediate release and also call on all citizens of the world. Its now time to end the torment that these five Cubans are experiencing,” she emphasized after detailing in the missive the arbitrariness of the sentences, and the infamies committed during their trials and appeal processes.  

Rask Morakabe, a political prisoner in apartheid South Africa, also added his voice to the declaration. He confided to having a special sensitivity for the case of the Five and stated that “in South Africa, we place a great importance on it because we suffered on account of Mandela’s imprisonment for so many decades and, in the same way that we engaged in a campaign for his release, we believe that we are going to achieve the release of the Five.” 

Serbian filmmaker and musician Emir Kusturica has also joined the call for justice for the five Cuban heroes, declaring his support for a solution of the case in Neuquén, Argentina and demanding that the U.S. president annul their sentences.

Translated by Granma International

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