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National Committee To Free The Cuban Five

On the 13th Anniversary of the unjust arrest of the Cuban Five:
We demand their freedom!

Today marks the beginning of the 13th year of the unjust imprisonment of five heroic men, five men who risked their lives to protect their country from acts of terrorism, five men who were wrongly accused and unjustly convicted. Gerardo Hernández, René González, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero, and Ramón Labañino – the Cuban Five. We in the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, along with hundreds of other committees and thousands of activists around the world, have been working since the day of their conviction to reverse that injustice and see the Five returned to their homes and their loved ones in Cuba, and we will continue those efforts until they are free.

This morning we held a press conference, which allowed the media access to attorneys for the Five – Richard Klugh, co-counsel for Gerardo, William M. Norris, attorney for Ramón, and Phil Horowitz, attorney for René. Gerardo and Ramón (as well as Fernando and Antonio) are in the process of filing appeals, and their attorneys discussed those appeals, which are based in part on the work done by the Committee and others in uncovering secret payments from the U.S. government to Miami journalists covering the trial of the Five.

René’s sentence ends on Oct. 7 and he will at long last be free, even while his brothers remain in jail. His attorney explained how he has filed a motion for René to be allowed to serve his three years’ probation in Cuba, but the government has opposed that motion and is currently demanding that René serve his probation in Florida, where he has no family. You can listen to the entire press conference by clicking the link below.

Ramón, Antonio, and Gerardo have all sent messages to their supporters on this day; you can read them by clicking the link below.

Soon we will be placing a full-page ad in the Washington Post, urging President Obama to use his power to immediately end the injustice and free the Five – all of them. This ad has been made possible by generous contributions from supporters around the world. If you haven’t contributed yet, and would like to help us with this important effort at raising public awareness of the case, please click the link below to contribute. We very much appreciate your support.

The struggle continues until the Five are free!
MP3 audio of press conference
Messages from the Five

Contribute to the Washington Post ad
Contact us:
Or call: 415-821-6545
Web: Free the Cuban Five Now!
Allow the families’ visits!
Grant entry visas to
Adriana Pérez and Olga Salanueva!


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