Cuban diaspora in Miami debates case of the Cuban Five

Miami, FL.- Cuban émigrés organizations in Miami held on Monday a conference to discuss the current status of the five Cubans jailed in the United States since 1998 on the spurious charge of espionage.

altAt the meeting,representatives of various organizations grouped in the Marti Alliance reviewed the case of the Cuban political prisoners and debated actions underway to demand their release.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzales, known internationally as the "Cuban Five" were jailed in September 1998 for reporting on violent schemes by far-right anti-Cuban groups based in Miami. They were then convicted in 2001 by a Florida court on alleged espionage charges. The Five were given excessively long sentences, put in separate jails in different parts of the country with periods of solitary confinement, and routinely denied visits by their family members, who are residing in Cuba.

Participants also referred to the case of René González, who was recently released from jail under probation and must remain in the U.S. state of Florida for a period of three years, putting his life at risk given the high density of anti-Cuban elements residing in the so-called Sunshine State.

Source: Periodico 26.cu

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